September 5, 2013

On September 5, 2013, the Investigations Division of the Riley County Police Department were able to obtain further information on a reported battery in the south central portion of Manhattan, Kansas that was said to have occurred in August of this year.

This new information has led investigators to determine that the prior report to police, by a potential victim of battery, was false. Though Riley County Police still urges community members to take steps that will likely reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime, investigators are confident that this “unknown suspect” is not at large and the community was not at increased risk of danger at the time of this prior mentioned incident.

When out at night, it is best practice to walk or jog in groups of two or more people and it is best to stay in well-lit and heavily traveled areas. If you become aware of suspicious activity, RCPD urges you to contact them (785-537-2112) and as always if you have information about a crime contact the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777.

Original Press Release Information:

In the early morning hours of August 18, 2013, the Riley County Police Department responded to a battery in the South Central portion of Manhattan, Kansas. A female victim jogging alone was stopped by an unknown male subject. This male, with unknown intentions, battered the victim who was ultimately able to escape with minor injury.

RCPD is confident that this incident is not related to the sexual assault that was reported to have happened last week in Manhattan, but urges members of the community to continue to take steps that will help protect themselves from becoming a victim. 

If you have information about this or any other crime contact the Riley County Police Department (785-537-2112) or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers (785-539-7777). For more information on Crime Stoppers visit them on the web at