A female Cal Poly student reported fending off an attacker during an attempted sexual assault on campus Nov. 9, according to Cal Poly's University Police Department.
The woman reported the incident Friday, five days after the alleged incident occurred.
The alleged victim said that around 3 a.m. she was heading back to her vehicle, which was parked in the parking structure located along Grand Avenue. She was walking between Mott Gym and the parking structure when the alleged attack occurred, police said.
“An unknown suspect approached her from behind, put her in a headlock, put his hand over her mouth, and made a statement that he’d sexually assault her,” Cal Poly police Chief George Hughes said. “She resisted him and fought him off and fled the scene.”
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Hughes said the woman was not physically injured, and none of her clothing was removed.
Cal Poly police are still searching for the alleged attacker and hope anyone with information about the incident will come forward and report it.
The woman described the man as 6 feet, 3 inches tall and wearing knee-length shorts, but she didn’t get a good look at him, Hughes said. She couldn’t identify his race.
“She said he had a very deep voice,” Hughes said.
The incident was not captured on any surveillance cameras that might have helped police gather more information.
A similar incident occurred on campus in April when a man tried to assault a female student outside Cerro Vista Apartments in a common area at about 10 p.m.
In that incident, police searched for a man described as tall with short black hair, wearing blue jeans and a dark gray hoodie striped with thin blue, vertical lines.
The man grabbed the woman and reached under her skirt, apparently attempting to pull down her underwear, Hughes said.
The woman screamed and fought him off, kicking and pushing him away before he fled. The woman didn’t suffer any injuries.
Anyone with information about the reported assault attempts is asked to call Cal Poly police at 756-2281 or make an anonymous tip at 549-7867 (STOP) or send a text to 274637 (CRIMES), with "SLOTIPS" plus the message.