Public Safety Informational Notice: Attempted Sexual Assault Reported in Thornden Park

Trigger Warning: This warning addresses a report of sexual misconduct. There are dedicated resources, services and supports for those impacted by sexual and relationship violence. For confidential support, contact the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team at 315.443.8000, or visit for additional information.

On Friday, April 14, 2023, at approximately 5 p.m. the Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of an attempted sexual assault in Thornden Park. According to the report, a Syracuse University student was approached by an unknown male wearing no clothing. The suspect threatened the student and told the student not to scream. That is when the student claimed to be accompanied by others in the park, which, according to the student, scared off the suspect. The suspect then fled on foot. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a large, heavyset male, approximately 50 years old, standing 5’ 8” to 5’ 9” in height, with a mole under his left eye. The suspect was seen carrying a white shirt and a set of keys.

The Syracuse Police Department (SPD) will be leading the investigation, with the support of DPS officers. If you were in the vicinity at the time and witnessed the incident, please contact SPD at 315.442.5222 or DPS at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

If you or someone you know has been affected by an incident on or near campus, please know that there are resources available to you. There are also dedicated resources, services and supports for survivors of sexual and relationship violence. In addition, for your safety, please review these suggested safety strategies, as well as guidance and intervention strategies on how to be a prosocial bystander.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.