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Female UBC student sexually assaulted on campus

A 20-year-old female UBC student was sexually assaulted while walking home to her on-campus apartment Sunday morning.

An unknown man approached her from behind after emerging suddenly from a stairwell in her building in the 2700 block of Fairview Crescent around 3:30 a.m., according to a statement from University RCMP spokesman Sgt. Drew Grainger.

The man tried to take off the woman’s coat and placed a hand under her skirt in an attempt to touch her genitals, Grainger said.

The woman managed to break free from her attacker, with her screams prompting him to flee on foot.

The suspect, who wore a dark hoodie, is described as a 5 foot 10 Caucasian man in his mid to late 20s with a medium build.

This is the second time a young woman has been sexually assaulted on-campus while walking alone early in the morning in the past two weeks.

Police would like anyone walking alone on campus at night to be “vigilant of their surroundings and potential vulnerability when alone,” Grainger said.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity is asked to call University RCMP at 604-224-1322 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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