Urine thrown at women in West Campus

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating two incidents where urine was thrown on people walking down the street. Both happened in the West Campus area. The most recent incident happened Wednesday night.

Maiya Johnson, 22, was walking around her block on Leon Street when she was targeted.

“It was a black Jeep. They threw urine, out of a bucket, on me … It was absolutely disgusting.”

She made it home and called police to report it.

“Kind of had to hold back tears for a while, and then finally took a shower,” said Johnson.

Police told her she wasn’t the only target. A couple of weeks ago, and only one block away on San Gabriel Street, there was a similar incident. A group of college-aged women had urine thrown on them. Leah McCaskill and her friends were walking home just before 2 a.m.

“Some guy in a dark Jeep drives by and throws a two-liter bottle of urine at us,” McCaskill said. “It hit my friend hard enough to leave a bruise.”

Hearing of the more recent incident, McCaskill says she’s even more outraged.

“I would not be surprised if this has happened to multiple other women and they just have not reported it,” said McCaskill.

She and Johnson hope anyone else who’s been a victim of this speaks up.

“No matter how embarrassing it is to say that someone did that to you … I’m not going to be embarrassed because of someone else’s actions,” said Johnson.

Police searching for suspects

Austin Police held a news conference Friday where they announce they are looking for a dark colored Jeep Wrangler with large tires and a lift kit. Officers who patrol West Campus have been ordered to stop all jeeps matching the description and identify the drivers.

“First incident is pretty random, once it starts happening again, it’s someone who enjoys doing it,” said Det. Calvin Pierce.

 

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