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.