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Duke student says she was sexually assaulted at off-campus frat party

Police are investigating a Duke student’s allegation that she was drugged and sexually assaulted at a Duke fraternity party Jan. 8.

No charges have been filed, and police have identified no suspects.

“The investigation is ongoing,” police Chief Jose L. Lopez said Tuesday. “I don’t know how many suspects will come out of it.”

The case is being investigated as second-degree rape, according to search warrants issued Jan. 10 and Jan. 13 for a house at 2505 W. Chapel Hill St.

According to the warrants, police seized computers, videos, pictures, cups, a mattress, a condom, liquid samples and swab samples.

The house is leased to the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, according to a statement the university issued Monday.

“Pursuant to Duke’s policy, the fraternity has been placed on interim suspension until further notice,” the statement said.

According to the search warrant, the young woman went to the party at about 10:45 p.m. and, after having one drink of what the warrant calls “Aristocrat and lime,” met a young man who wanted to show her his room.

She went upstairs with him but did not go into the room and went back downstairs, where she had a drink of what she was told was hot chocolate.

The woman stated that she remembered dancing with friends and nothing more until waking up the following afternoon “with a t-shirt she did not recognize, no bra and no underwear” and the leggings she had worn were torn and on the floor beside her bed, according to the warrant.

According to the warrant, she found on her computer two texts from a number she did not recognize, the first reading “YO!” and the second reading “HA HA.. YOU WENT BACK WITH A KID I KNOW YOU’RE SCREWED.”

The woman then went to the Duke Medical Center emergency room for a rape kit.

Police ask that anyone who has information or who attended the party to contact Investigator J. Sandoval at 919-560-4440, ext. 29461, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

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