A woman was sexually assaulted at the Jason Aldean concert in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 25th, and police are asking for the public’s help in finding or identifying the assailant. The incident happened around 9 p.m. at the Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. It occurred on the main concourse level in a women’s restroom near the east doors of the arena according to UO police. The assault was first reported to Eugene police who later handed over the investigation to the university police department. The victim is not a student of the university.
The assailant is described as a tall while male with brown hair and blue eyes who was wearing a red flannel shirt at the time. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call University of Oregon police at (541) 346-2919.
“At a large public event like this there’s lots of security, but it’s spread across that entire arena and the multiple levels of that arena, and that one of the things that criminals do,” said university police public information officer Kelly McIver to KMTR. “Perpetrators will look for opportunities.”
After many stories of arrests, assaults, rapes, hospitalizations, and even deaths dominated headlines during country music’s summer touring season in 2014, including a death at Jason Aldean’s Cleveland concert in July, concerns about the conduct at mainstream country concerts has been a matter of great discussion.