FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2019
SPD Investigates Attempted Rape on MSU Campus
On May 23, 2019, at 10:39 a.m., a 911 caller said an unknown white male suspect had just assaulted her in the women's bathroom in Cheek Hall, 825 S. National, which is on the campus of Missouri State University. The victim, an MSU employee, had entered a women's bathroom in Cheek Hall. As the victim was exiting a stall in the bathroom the male suspect suddenly grabbed her. The victim struggled with the suspect and was able to escape and run from the bathroom. The suspect fled the bathroom as well and ran out of Cheek Hall. The victim immediately called 911 and Missouri State Campus Safety Officers apprehended the suspect and detained him until Springfield Police Officers arrived.
The suspect was arrested and identified as Gregory E. Morton Jr., a 32-year-old male from Springfield. Morton is a registered sex offender and is also a suspect in several other crimes that are currently being investigated by the Springfield Police Department. The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of First-Degree Burglary, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and First-Degree Attempted Rape with no bond.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869- TIPS (8477).
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Case number: 19-19442
Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by Lt. Culley Wilson