A female student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville told police she was attacked Thursday night on a campus bike path.
Campus police said the student reported she was attacked about 8 p.m. on the bike path at the bridge between the Science Building and Fitness Center. The student managed to fight back and run away, police said.
The suspect was described as a male with dark skin, about 6 feet tall, with a large earring in his right ear. He wore a hooded sweatshirt.
The university sent out an electronic alert to students at about 4:45 p.m. on Friday.
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“It is believed that the victim was not a premeditated target and that this was a random act of violence,” the alert stated.
Campus police said they’re investigating the report and asked that anyone with information call the SIUE Police Department at 650-3324. Police said they planned to add more patrols to the bike paths.