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Stanford student grabbed by man escapes

Incident occurred after midnight near Lake Lagunita

A female Stanford student walking on campus early Thursday morning was grabbed by a man and briefly held her against her will, the university's Department of Public Safety officials said in an alert.

The student was on the path around Lake Lagunita near the Lakeside Dining Hall at about 12:50 a.m. when the man approached her from behind and grabbed her by the wrist and waist. She was able to pull away and notified the police within a few minutes, police said. Officers searched for the man, but they were unable to locate him. Police categorized the crime as false imprisonment.

The man was described as white, 20 to 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and clean shaven with an average build, dark eyebrows and thin lips. He was wearing dark pants and a hooded blue denim jacket with the hood up over his head.

The student and man did not know each other, according to public safety officials.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Stanford Department of Public Safety at 650-723-9633.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 2, 2017 at 2:41 pm

I hope the victim and the police can work together on an artist's sketch of the attacker. Current description is much to vague to be actionable.


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Posted by Marlene Dietrich
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

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