Man arrested in burglary, sexual assault attempt in NC university dorm, police say

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HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — High Point police Sunday arrested a suspect accused of burglary and attempted sexual assault, according to a High Point Police Department news release.

Around 6:15 a.m., High Point police responded to the High Point University campus when they were told about a burglary and attempted sexual assault.

The incident happened in a dorm with the suspect entering the residence hall “under false pretense,” university officials said.

The two students involved were able to leave the room where the suspect was found, according to a statement from High Point University.

The suspect was identified as Phillippe Joseph Warren Saieed, 39, of Greensboro, police said.

Saieed was reported to have been driving a black 2012 GMC Terrain with a North Carolina license plate of JAK6736.

He was arrested on Redding Drive on Sunday afternoon, police say.

He had outstanding warrants for two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of breaking and
entering, two counts of assault on a female and two counts of attempted first-degree rape.

The university sent the following message to students:

“Dear HPU Student,

There is no immediate threat to campus at this time, however, we are providing you with information about an incident that occurred early this morning as a reminder to stay vigilant in campus safety.

Early Sunday morning, an unknown individual entered North Residence Hall under false pretense and attempted harm. The two students involved were able to leave the room where the suspect was located. Security responded immediately and worked with High Point Police Officers who are ever-present on campus to remove the suspect. The suspect left the campus before they were identified and apprehended. HPPD is actively looking for the suspect. HPU is actively assisting HPPD with the investigation.

Please remember to remain watchful of your surroundings, keep your doors locked, and call security at 336-841-9112 if you see anything that may be suspicious.

HPU’s Counseling Team will be available to speak with students. They are located on the third floor of Slane and can be reached at 336-888-6352 or counseling@highpoint.edu.”

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