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Sep 12, 2013 7:00 PM by Janine Reyes

Second Reported Rape Case at TAMUK

KINGSVILLE -- Texas A&M Kingsville police are now investigating two sexual assault cases.

A second student came forward to report being sexually assaulted yesterday, hours later, police arrested 21-year old Tomas Solis in connection with the second case. He is charged him with aggravated sexual assault.

"It does bother me if guys are doing that to women.Its not right," student Jeremy Sherwood told us after learning of a second rape case under investigation.

Students tell us they are taking precautions. Sophomore Cheliza Guzman says she won't go to anyone's dorm room if she doesn't know them.

"If you've known them for a long period of time.. and you know their personality, yeah," she said. "What's a long period of time for you," we asked. "Like months, not like weeks or days because then they could do something bad."

That's the message campus administrators want to get out there.

Police Chief Felipe Garza says two cases in one week is highly unusual, but his department is taking action.

The first reported case is still under investigation, but in the second reported case, his officers made an arrest the same day the young woman reported it.

In that case, he says the young girl went willingly to Solis' dorm room inside Lewis Hall, but he would not let her leave. It took her several days to report it.

"She was unsure of who she should report to, but she was strong enough then to come forward and to let us know what happened," said Garza.

That's why Dean of students Kirsten Compary says awareness for all student on campus is essential.

"Students need to know how individuals can keep themselves safe and make decisions that take their safety into account, but also what friends can do and what other individuals can do to keep their actions from being misinterpreted," she said.

She says it's important to really know someone before you trust them.

Campus administrators tell us they will hold several meetings here next week on campus at all the different halls. It will be available to all students to let them know how to stay safe on campus.

Police say both cases are still open and they'd like to hear from anyone who has any information about either incident.

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