Winthrop police investigate 2 rape allegations

Students say they were sexually assaulted at Courtyard apartments

Two female Winthrop University students told campus police they were raped over the weekend by two male students, police said.

No charges have been filed in the rape allegations, but one of the suspects was charged Sunday with hindering police and transferring liquor to a person younger than 21, according to police.

Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, two women, both 18, were hanging out at Winthrop's Courtyard apartments, where they were dancing with two 21-year-old men, according to the report.

Later, one of the women and one of the men were having sex but she wanted to stop, according to police. He refused and "forcefully had her continue," according to the police report. Then the woman gathered her belongings and left the apartment.

Just before 3 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a rape call made from the front desk at the Courtyard. When police arrived, they found the first 18-year-old victim waiting in the lobby. She told police the second 18-year-old had told friends over the phone that she was being raped in the apartment by the second 21-year-old man, the report states.

At the apartment, police said they asked that man if the woman was in his apartment, and he repeatedly said she was not. Authorities then asked to check the man's room to look for the woman, but his door was locked, the report states.

Police heard the woman making noises inside the room. Meanwhile, the man stood in front of the door and told officers that nothing was wrong. Police broke the door to get into the room, where they found the woman half-dressed in the bed but under the covers, the report notes. She was "obviously shaken, but highly intoxicated," according to the report.

As police tried to talk with the woman, the man interfered repeatedly and was arrested, according to the report.

The Herald does not identify rape victims.

"Winthrop University Police Department is continuing its investigation, which involves seeking interviews with various individuals, some of whom have already left campus for the Thanksgiving holiday," Winthrop spokeswoman Judy Longshaw said in a statement issued Tuesday. "WUPD will be sharing its findings with the York County Solicitor's Office at the appropriate time."

No additional updates are expected until next week, Longshaw wrote.