Third woman in 3 weeks attacked at UBC
Oct 19, 2013 / 2:56 pm
A third female student has been attacked at the University of British Columbia, and police say it's the latest in a series of similar incidents that have become a top priority for investigators.
"We are engaged with many partner law enforcement agencies to attempt to identify and apprehend the person or persons responsible for these attacks," said Sgt. Drew Grainger after the incident just after midnight Saturday.
A 17-year-old student was walking alone to her residence when a man suddenly emerged from a wooded area, he said.
The man put his hands around the teen's hips, tried to drag her into the woods and punched her in the face, Grainger said, adding the woman sustained a black eye.
He said the attacker also ripped at the girl's clothes but that he ran off when she screamed for help and got away.
The suspect has been described as a tall, thin man in his late 20s to early 30s, with a possible American accent.
Last Sunday, a 20-year-old woman was assaulted as she returned to her UBC apartment at about 3:30 a.m. On Sept. 28, a 19-year woman fled after a man grabbed her from behind at 2:45 a.m.
Police are warning everyone who walks through the campus at night to be cautious.
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