ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Police in Ann Arbor are reporting a terrifying attack on two University of Michigan students by a dozen people.

The students told Ann Arbor police they were walking between some off-campus houses — in the 1000-block of East University near Tappan and Greenwood streets — when they were approached by a group of eight men and four women.  The two claim they were assaulted until bystanders intervened.

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The victims provided very limited descriptions of two of the suspects.  One was described as a black male, about 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with a medium build, a medium complexion and cornrows.  He was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

Another suspect was described as a black female, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, with a heavy build, light complexion, in her late teens or early 20s, with a large, bleached-blond “afro.”  She was wearing black leggings and a white top.

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Police aren’t talking about a motive for the attack.

They’re offering the following tips to students out and about on and off campus:

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  • Look assertive and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be aware that your risk increases in secluded and isolated areas.
  • Walk with a trusted friend or co-worker when possible.
  • Trust your intuition — if a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative
  • Have your keys in hand before you reach your vehicle or residence.
  • If you feel threatened on campus, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911 from any phone.

Anyone who might know any of the suspects or who has any information about this incident is asked to the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security at 734-763-1131 or the Ann Arbor Police Department Tip Line at 734-794-6939 or tips@a2gov.org.