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Attempted assault at UW-Oshkosh under investigation

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh police are investigating an attempted assault on campus.

Officials say it happened near Donner and Webster Halls around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday.

A female student told authorities she was walking in a parking lot when a man grabbed her by the arm and tried to pull her backwards.

The student was able to hit the suspect and break free from his grip. She ran to her residence hall and called university police.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5'10", wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head. He was wearing dark-colored gym-style shorts and white tennis shoes.

The woman hit the suspect and got loose from his grip.  She ran to her residence hall and called authorities.

Anyone with information is asked to call University Police at (920) 424-1212. 

This comes in the wake of two attempted assaults in Oshkosh last week. Both incidents took place near campus, and the victim was able to get away from the suspect and call police.

If you have any information about this incident, call University Police at (920) 424-1212.  University officials say the campus has been alerted of the attempted assault.

Police have the following safety tips for students and staff:

  • Report any incident as soon as possible.
  • Do not display money.
  • Plan ahead so that when you walk you are visible to other people.
  • When walking choose open, well-lit, and well-traveled areas.
  • When walking be aware of your surroundings at all times by making eye contact with passers-by and glancing occasionally behind you.
  • If you sense that you are being followed, change directions or cross the street. If the person/vehicle persists, run to the nearest place where you will find other people and call for help.
  • Go to a public place where you can call the police whenever you feel threatened.
  • Always carry a cellular phone (charged) with the police as your number 1 speed dial choice.
  • Consider carrying pepper spray and or a personal alarm.
  • If you feel threatened remember to utilize the blue light emergency phones on campus. They are a direct link to the University Police Department.
  • Do not engage in conversation with unknown individuals, especially if threatening language or insults have been used.