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Police Search For Suspect In SMU Campus Sexual Assault

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Students on the Southern Methodist University campus are being asked to take extra precautions as police search for the person that sexually assaulted a female student Monday night.

The attack happened just before 10:00 p.m. near the Dedman Law School, in the northwest area of the campus.

SMU police chief Rick Shafer detailed what happened.

“We had an SMU student that was out walking on campus,” he said. “Someone approached her from the rear, subdued her and sexually assaulted her.”

After the assault the woman bravely sought help.

“She was able at one point to get away, ran off, and then found another person who was out on campus that assisted her,” the chief said.

SMU police searched the campus and surrounding areas for the suspect, but located no one.

There is only a brief description of the suspect. At the time of the attack the white man was wearing a dark-colored hoodie, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Police are hoping someone will come forward with information, because “Thus far we’ve found no other witnesses.”

Police are asking that anyone who thinks they know the suspect or has more information about the attack contact the SMU Police Department at (214) 768-3388. Anonymous can be reported by calling (214) SMU-2TIP or by completing a Silent Witness Form online.

Chief Shafer is asking that everyone use caution while walking on campus at night and if possible walk with another person.

Police say Monday’s attack is the first sex assault this school year.

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