Woman sexually assaulted on UBC campus Sunday night

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Students at the University of British Columbia are on alert again after a 18 year-old woman was sexually assaulted on campus Sunday night.

The University RCMP say the assault occurred at approximately 10:10 p.m. on February 22 near Mundell Park on the campus’ south end. The suspect allegedly grabbed the woman from behind, and the woman was able to struggle and break free from the man.

Police and the canine unit attended the scene and searched the area, however no suspect was found.

The man involved in the attack is said to be 18 to 20 years old, with an olive-coloured complexion and short, spiky black hair. He is 5’4″ to 5’6″ in height with a medium build. At the time of the attack he was reported wearing a puffy army green vest, dark pants and a dark long-sleeved shirt.

This attack comes after a series of similar assaults on the UBC campus during the fall of 2013, but University RCMP believe Sunday’s event was an isolated incident.

“We recognize that incidents of this nature can be alarming to those regularly walking alone at night.  Although we believe this to be an isolated incident, as always, we recommend for the public walking alone late in the evening or early in the morning to remain extra vigilant of their surroundings and take every precaution to enhance their personal safety” says Corporal Brenda Winpenny in a release issued by the RCMP.

Police are continuing their investigation and ask anyone with information in relation to the identity of the suspect or the incident to please call University RCMP at 604-224-1322 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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