Spec is reporting that an employee at Appletree supermarket tipped off police to a man he believes to be the suspect in the recent Journalism School student rape. We don’t know at this point if it was in fact the suspect himself [UPDATE: He’s not], but police responded to the tip and searched the area this morning.  

UPDATE: Barnard students received the following e-mail at 5:45 PM:

      “This is a further updated advisory concerning the sexual assault of the Columbia graduate student in her West 141st Street apartment.

      We have just been notified by the Manhattan Special Victims Squad (MSVS) that their analysis of the Apple Tree surveillance tape confirms that the person spotted in the store early this morning who resembled the police sketch of the suspect IS NOT in fact the person being sought in connection with this crime. We will continue to keep you apprised of important developments as they occur.

William Plackenmeyer

Director of Safety and Security”

Add quelling your worries about wandering rapists to the possible benefits of Barnard over Columbia.