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Police seeking 19-year-old suspected of rape at UNL fraternity house
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Police seeking 19-year-old suspected of rape at UNL fraternity house

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department obtained a warrant for the arrest of a 19-year-old Lincoln man for first-degree sexual assault at Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity last October.

According to an affidavit, a woman told officers she had been raped by Landon Ludwig on Oct. 13 at Sigma Phi Epsilon's chapter house at 601 N. 16th St. following an off-campus party organized by the fraternity. Ludwig wasn't a member of the fraternity.

The woman told police she and her friends were drinking before officers broke up the party and she ending up at the fraternity house after being separated from her friends.

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There, she said Ludwig had been "all over" her in a room on the third floor, touching her over her clothes without her permission and leading her to a room on the second floor.

Security cameras caught footage of the two walking through the house and into a room, with the woman having trouble maintaining her balance and stumbling while walking.

Ludwig, who according to UNL records is not a student, allegedly removed the woman's clothes even as she told him "no" and pushed her onto a bed to prevent her from leaving and engaging in sex and oral sex with her.

When she attempted to leave, the affidavit states, Ludwig became angry and attempted to get her to stay by grabbing her and laying on top of her.

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During the encounter, the woman managed to call 911 on her smart watch at approximately 12:25 a.m., but Ludwig grabbed her wrist and talked to the dispatcher while staring at the woman, police said.

The woman was later seen leaving the fraternity house at approximately 12:45 a.m., and later went to Bryan West.

According to the affidavit, Ludwig declined to provide a statement to police.

A judge approved the warrant on Thursday.

Update June 5, 2020: This story has been updated to reflect Landon Ludwig was not a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

In a statement, Heather Kirk, the chief communications officer for the national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, said: "When the victim told her SigEp friend about the incident, he immediately brought it to the attention of the chapter president, who reported it to the university and authorities. The chapter fully cooperated with the investigation, provided access to the facility and security footage with the hope that the suspect would be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Today, the UNL police department issued a warrant for his arrest."

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7120 or cdunker@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @ChrisDunkerLJS

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