Teen says she was assaulted, robbed on way from Timpview High School to car
PROVO, Utah — A 17-year-old Timpview High School student said she was assaulted and robbed on the way to her car a couple blocks south of the school.
Alex Rowan said with the school’s parking lot under construction, she had parked her car a couple blocks to the south, near 3500 N. Timpview Dr., and was walking to it after completing her classes for the day at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
As she headed down the street, Rowan said she passed a group of what she described as 3 older teens seeming to stand next to a car while carrying on a conversation.
“It was just perfect timing—there happened to be nobody around and I was walking by them,” Rowan said. “One of them grabbed my backpack—like the handle at the top—and pulled me down and pulled it off me at the same time.”
Rowan said it was only a matter of a few seconds as the teens rifled through her backpack, then tossed it and took off in a car.
She was beside herself as she was on the ground, her arm scraped up after the assault and fall.
“They didn’t say one word to me!” Rowan said.
Rowan said she has been left to contemplate some unsettling what-ifs.
“They definitely could have got me into that car,” the teenager said. “Two of them were bigger than me and, yeah, it was kind of scary.”
Provo Police confirmed Friday they were investigating the case and hoped anyone with information would call them at 801-852-6210.
Rowan described the teens as possibly 17 or 18-years-old. She said one was possibly around 5’9” while the others were closer to 5’6” and all had short black hair.
Two were wearing black light sweatshirts or tops, one was wearing light denim jeans and another wore gray pants, she said.
Rowan said she was never expecting something like that to happen in what has historically been a very safe neighborhood and she hoped her story would raise awareness for others.
“We have to park like pretty far down the road,” Rowan said. “I don’t want that to happen to anyone else.”
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