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Student reportedly raped off campus

A Duke student was reportedly raped early Thursday at her residence on Wilkerson Avenue after a man armed with a gun broke into her home around 6:30 a.m.

Durham police described the suspect as a black man with a medium build wearing blue jeans and a shirt. Investigators believe the man may be responsible for other sexual assaults in the western Durham area in recent months. Investigators have noticed similarities in several cases, but at this point are not releasing the nature of those similarities to preserve the integrity of the investigations.

The report did not identify the woman, but Maj. Robert Dean of the Duke University Police Department said she is a Duke student.

Wilkerson Avenue is less than half a mile south of East Campus, where all undergraduate freshmen live.

The incident comes just four days after an alleged rape of an 18-year-old visitor by a 21-year-old Duke student in a West Campus dormitory. The case is still under investigation, but Dean said a full report could be released today. Sunday's alleged assaulter was identified, although police would not release his name.

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