Saturday night, at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Baylor student driving his car in front of Collins Hall was approached by two African-American males who had purposefully stood in lanes of traffic to stop cars. The suspects came to the window of the student’s car and shot a blast of pepper spray into his face. The suspects immediately left the area and were not seen after they turned onto M.P. Daniel Esplanade. Other students came to the aid of the injured student as did an ambulance that was passing through the area. The student had his face flushed with water and was not transported to the hospital. Baylor Police responded, interviewed the victim, and combined the evening and late night shifts to search the area. The Waco Police Department was also contacted, and an officer was sent to assist.
At approximately 12 midnight, another Baylor student was attacked in the same manner at the intersection of South 7th Street and Speight. The student was walking alone and when asked by the two suspects for directions to Martin Hall the taller of the two sprayed him with pepper spray and then one of them struck him in the face causing a 2" cut above his right eye. The suspects ran from the area and were last seen around M.P. Daniel and 7th Street by other students. The student in this second assault was attended by an ambulance but opted to go to Hillcrest Hospital with a friend. He was treated with stitches for his cut and had his eyes flushed. Neither student was hospitalized.
The two suspects are believed to be:
#1 African-American male, 16-18 years old, 6'0 tall, 160 lbs. (slim build) wearing a very long black t-shirt and dark jeans
#2 African-American male, 16-18 years old, 5'9 tall, 175 lbs. (muscular build) wearing a very long white t-shirt and dark jeans
It is possible they switched shirts between attacks and they may have been wearing black baseball caps.
Following the second assault, Baylor PD along with three units from Waco PD searched the area without success. Residence hall directors in the area were alerted as were Safety and Security Education Officers who assisted in the search.
In light of the attacks, Baylor PD has responded by adjusting some shifts and schedules so as to provide additional staffing on the streets during the nighttime hours until finals are concluded or the suspects are apprehended. Please take extra precautions in light of these assaults.
There is an ongoing investigation. If you have any information about these assaults or if you see any suspicious activity, please contact Baylor Police at 710-2222.