Suspect arrested in assault case
After six days of attempting to locate the sole suspect in a case of attempted sexual assault committed on campus, the UH Department of Public Safety completed its investigation and issued a warrant for the suspect’s arrest on Friday.
After alleged sexual assault suspect Stanley Hatter was identified as a prime suspect in a case of attempted sexual assault against a female student, he was booked into Harris County Jail following his arrest by the Houston Police Department on Tuesday.
The arrest was made when HPD responded to a reported sighting of Hatter. A citizen saw information about the suspect in the news and called HPD to report having seen him.
The incident occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. on Thursday between The Moody Towers and the University Hilton when the complainant was walking out of the northwest side of the Towers.
The student said that the suspect, who was sitting on a bench outside of the Towers, approached her for her phone number, and when she refused to give it to him he cornered her outside of the University Hilton. She said he proceeded to pull his pants down and expose himself. She was able to fight him off and escape unharmed.
UHPD was able to link Hatter to the case after receiving a call from a UH custodian, who had seen an individual fitting the suspect’s description earlier that morning on campus.
UH Police Chief Malcolm Davis said he recognized the suspect as an ex-employee.
Davis said the department was able to identify Hatter after the female complainant recognized him in a photo line up.
"We were able to determine his name and put together a photo line up for the victim to look at, and she picked him out," he said.
Davis also said the suspect is not affiliated with the University in any way.
Individuals are asked to report any suspicious activity or occurrences on campus to UHPD at (713) 743-3333. For more information on campus safety and crime prevention, visit www. uh.edu/police.