Arlington police investigate attack near UTA

The Arlington police department continued to search Wednesday for the man who punched an 18-year-old woman in the face and tried to steal her backpack near the University of Texas at Arlington, police said.

The student told police that she was walking alone about 4:30 p.m. Monday when a maroon vehicle with retractable headlights made a U-turn and pulled up behind her. She heard someone running behind her before she was pushed to the ground, and her face hit the sidewalk, Tiara Ellis Richard, an Arlington police spokeswoman, said.

The man punched her in the face several times and pulled on her string backpack, UTA police said in a news release.

The attack occurred in the 1200 block of South Cooper Street near Latino’s Tire Shop.

The student escaped after hitting her attacker in the face, police said.

The man got into a vehicle that headed south on South Cooper Street, Richard said.

The student went to a campus residence and called UTA police. She had minor injuries, Richard said.

The case has been assigned to the Arlington Police Department’s robbery unit, police said.

Staff writer Monica S. Nagy contributed to this report.