Man arraigned in attempted sexual assault of UofR student – WHEC

Photo: Monroe County Jail. Courtney Barber
Updated: September 20, 2021 01:03 PM
Created: September 20, 2021 12:53 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— A man has been arraigned on several charges in connection to an attempted sexual assault and robbery of a University of Rochester student, court records show.
Rochester City Court confirmed to News10NBC that Courtney Barber was arraigned Monday, and his jail roster info confirms he's facing charges of first-degree attempted rape, third-degree stalking, fourth-degree criminal mischief/ hate crime, fourth-degree grand larceny, and third-degree robbery.
The alleged incident was first reported by the university on Saturday, as it sent an alert to students. The Rochester Police Locust Club posted a Tweet about it Monday morning.
The university says it happened in the Genesee Valley Park path area south of the Staybridge Hotel around 12:30 a.m. It says a passing witness first notified a university Department of Public Safety officer of someone screaming nearby. Officers found the student, who said an "unknown male" had come up from behind her and attempted to sexually assault her. There was a struggle, and the suspect ran off.
The area where the alleged incident happened
Eventually, the suspect, identified by the locust club as Barber, was positively identified by the student. The university said Barber has no affiliation with the school.
News10NBC is working on getting a copy of the criminal complaint. We have also reached out to UR's DPS office for comment.
The university says DPS is still investigating the incident, and anyone with information is asked to call (585-275-3333.

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