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Arrest of sexual assault suspect has University of Maryland students rethinking safety

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He is suspected of raping ten college-age men he met in bars, including one in College Park. 38-year-old Joey Poindexter of Gaithersburg is in custody facing sexual assault charges for allegedly attacking a young man he met at Looney's Pub last month.

The pub is on the first floor near an off-campus housing complex for University of Maryland students.

"I was pretty shocked. I live a couple hundred meters from here. This is where I sleep," Jake Ritterpusch says.

University of Maryland Police sent out an email from the Montgomery County Police Department warning the UMD community about Poindexter.

The investigation has revealed ten victims so far, but police say there could be many more out there.

"It's rather disturbing,” Douglas Scheckelhoff says. “I know sexual assault can happen to males and females, but to actually hear about a case so close to home is kind of an awakening.”

In the College Park case, investigators say all the victim remembers is that Poindexter bought him a drink at Looney's during beer pong night. He woke up at the suspect's house on Plum Creek Drive in Gaithersburg the next day, and started recalling details of a sexual assault in the shower and called police.

The crime is changing behavior for the better.

"I'm going to be a bit more careful from now on and pay attention to my drink for sure," Scheckelhoff says.

It is a wakeup call for many students who have had to deal with muggings and burglaries over the last year or so, and now this.

"Let's be honest. It's not the best area, but it's still surprising. Nobody wants to hear any of that," Ritterpusch says.

So far, three victims have come forward. Police say there are pictures of at least six other young college-age men on Poindexter's phone. Some are drunk. Others passed out. Many in compromising positions.

Investigators in Las Vegas, Dallas, Virginia Beach and other places Poindexter was known to frequent have joined in the effort to identify other victims.

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