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NCSU police distribute flyers notifying students of Sunday robbery NCSU police distribute flyers notifying students of Sunday robbery
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The attorney for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on the North Carolina State University campus says his client and his family are surprised by the accusations.

Marlon Clayton Miller, 21, of Garner, turned himself in to police after he was named a suspect in a sexual assault near the Free Expression tunnel in the early morning hours of April 25.

The arrest warrant charges Miller with second-degree forcible sex offense, first-degree kidnapping and communicating threats. A magistrate ordered him held on $752,000 secured bond.

Police identified Miller after distributing flyers with a still image from a surveillance video.

An attorney for Miller, Damion McCullers, says Miller and his were surprised by accusations. Police reported that at approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday Miller had turned himself in and was being processed at the Wake County Jail.

Miller's friends also say they were surprised by the charges.

"We went to the same high school, like we kind of have mutual friends," Taylor Tharrington, a sophomore at N.C. State, said. "We were eating dinner and we saw his name on the news and I was like, 'I know him, he went to my high school.'

"I mean, not the kind of person I would expect to do that or turn themselves in. The whole thing was really surprising."

Miller is being held on a $500,000 bond. He will make his next court appearance on May 28.

Meanwhile, campus police issued a crime alert after a student reported being robbed early Sunday morning.

Police said the robbery happened shortly before 2 a.m. in a parking lot of the Avent Ferry Technology Center.

Police officers Sunday were distributing flyers about the reported incident.

The crime alert said a male student walking in the lot was approached by two suspects who asked for money. One of the suspects punched the victim in the face before the two took his money and drove away on Avent Ferry Road in a dark sedan.

Police had only vague descriptions of the suspects: One was wearing a black hoodie, the other a dark gray hoodie.

In addition to the April 25 assault and Sunday's reported robbery, a female student reported a man tried to put his arm around her. Some students said they're concerned that crime seems to be increasing on campus.

Tharrington and her friend Whitney Carter said they've been nervous walking around campus at night after the recent string of attacks.

"We got an email saying they were going to increase campus security but we were just talking about how we don't see security so, it doesn't make me feel much better," Carter said.

The Sunday crime alert recommended students follow these safety tips:

  • Walk in well lighted areas
  • Walk in groups whenever possible, especially at night
  • Avoid distractions while walking, such as listening to headphones or texting
  • Consider utilizing public transportation or the Safety Escort at 919-515-3000
  • Report suspicious activities or crimes on campus by calling 911 or 919-515-3000
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