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WSU Student Escapes Rape Attempt In University Building

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DETROIT (WWJ) - An attempted sexual assault — the second this month — has Wayne State University Police on high alert.

A 25-year-old student told authorities she was attacked inside the Old Main building at around 9 p.m. last Thursday. The student told officers she was walking up a stairwell when a man passing by grabbed her and pulled down her sweatpants.

That’s when Wayne State University Lieutenant Dave Scott said the student did the right thing by kicking her attacked in the groin.

“Initial contact between a victim and offender is the time when the victim has the most control over the situation,” Scott told WWJ Newsradio 950. “So, by reacting immediately she then placed the offender on the defensive and allowed her to escape and seek shelter.”

Scott said they are responding to the incident with extra patrols.

The student was not injured in the attack.

The suspect is described as black male in his 40s, about 6 feet tall, with a goatee with grey hair and a heavy build. He was wearing a black skull-cap, a red hoodie sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anything with information about this crime is urged to contact Wayne State Police.

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