Police investigate attempted sexual assault of U of M student

February 08, 2019 10:14 PM

Minneapolis police are looking for a suspect they say attempted to sexually assault a University of Minnesota student early Friday morning on the 600 block of 8th Street East.

According to a release, the woman was walking when she was grabbed by the suspect, who attempted to pull her into nearby bushes while he groped her. The woman was able to get away and the suspect fled into the neighborhood.

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"The victim fought. She was able to scream and she did subsequently get away from this attacker," John Elder, a spokesman with the Minneapolis Police Department, said. "She is her own hero, this was a person that wasn't going to be a victim, wasn't willing to shut up and go along with it."

The release said no weapons were observed or implied. The woman described the man as being about 5-foot-9, wearing all black and smelling of cigarettes.

People who live in that neighborhood, including students, say this is a reminder to always be vigilant.

"It's fear honestly," said Sammi Strate, a University of Minnesota student. "As a woman, you have to stand up because it's so easy to say 'Well this happened but it couldn't be me.'"

The department is working with the University of Minnesota Police Department to investigate the matter.

Anyone with information on the matter is asked to contact CrimeStoppers of Minnesota by phone at 1-888-222-8477 or online.

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