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Student attacked on UNLV campus, alert issued

Posted at 6:55 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 23:25:42-05

University Police Services at UNLV have issued an alert after a female student was attacked on Tuesday night.

Police say that the student was walking west on Harmon Avenue toward Lot L of the university between 8 and 8:20 p.m. when she was grabbed by her shoulders from behind and pulled backwards.

The person who grabbed the student also hit her in the back near her right shoulder.

She was able to escape without further injury and reported the incident to university police the next morning.

The attacker was described as a black male, 5-feet 10-inches tall and clean shaven. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt at the time of the attack.

Students on campus are asked to keep an eye out for the suspect, and take extra precautions. 

"I kind of stay with a group, I'm always with somebody," says one UNLV student, Jessica Hernandez.  "I don't like being alone outside, especially since it's an open campus, so you never know who might be able to come in." 

University Police is advising campus community members to please take the following actions to help ensure their own safety:

  • Always remain vigilant regarding your surroundings when walking to and from your personal vehicle.
  • When possible, try to travel in pairs when walking to your vehicle.
  • Campus escorts are available by request by calling UNLV Police Services 24 hours a day at 702-895-3668.
  • Pre-program the number for University Police in your cell phone for use in an emergency: 702-895-3669.

Remember: when you dial 911 from a non-campus phone you are calling the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and their officers will take longer to arrive to help you than University Police.