Texas Woman’s University issues warning after student attacked

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Police and officials with Texas Woman’s University continued on Sunday to warn students, faculty and staff about a man who attempted to sexually assault a student last week as she walked to her car. He was still at large on Sunday.

The 24-year-old student managed to break free from her attacker and run away, police said.

The attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of East Third Street near the campus.

The student told police that she had been at the university library and was walking to her vehicle which was parked on Locust Street. She was headed west on East Third Street onto a driveway of a house when a man came up behind her and grabbed her, police said.

“He put his hand over her mouth and shoved her into a side of the house causing her to hit her head on the house,” said Denton officer Shane Kizer in a news release. Kizer said the man warned her not to say anything.

“He then began trying to tear her shirt off,” Kizer said in the release. “The victim said she was trying to scream but the suspect still had her mouth covered.”

The suspect tried to unbuckle her belt, police said.

“The suspect attempted to kiss the victim around the mouth and face,” Kizer said. “The victim said she was trying to bite the suspect’s hand and may have bitten one of his fingers.”

When he loosened his grip on her mouth, the woman managed to scream, scaring off her attacker, police said. He fled the scene, running south on North Locust, police said.

The woman described the suspect as African-American, in his late 20s or early 30s with a scruffy beard, about 6 feet tall, wearing a red t-shirt and sagging black jeans. He had tattoos on both arms and possibly in the forearm area.

On TWU’s website, officials asked that students, faculty and staff report any suspicious activities to the TWU Department of Public Safety at 940-898-2911 or use one of the emergency communication kiosks on campus.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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