By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech Police are searching for a suspect in last week's attack on a female student. Tech Police say the student was walking on campus around 10 p.m. last Thursday night when she was attacked.
Police say the victim first saw the man near the recreation pool and volleyball courts. He then follwed her to 18th street and Urbanovsky Park. Authorities say that's where the attack took place.
"She ran from him, he chased her and pushed her down, and apparently tried to assault her. She did have minor scratches. When she screamed and fought back he ran away," said Ron Seacrist, Texas Tech Chief of Police.
Texas Tech immediately released a Tech Alert to all students, faculty, and staff on the attack, and is asking anyone with information to come forward. Police say the victim got a good look at her attacker before he got away. She describes him as a "skinny white male" in his late 20's early 30's with a brown or blonde buzz cut. She also says he had a short goatee with no mustache and long side burns. The suspect could also have possible injuries on his face and neck from the struggle.
Tech Police say there is nothing to worry about, and that these types of attacks are very rare on campus. "The biggest crime we always have reported on campus is thefts. These types of situations reported are unusual and aren't the norm. We routinely have ongoing crime prevention programs that this department puts on," said Seacrist.
However, that doesn't reassure some students. "I think they could improve more by making rounds more often than they do. I think they mostly stay focused on parking lots than actually driving around campus more frequently, especially at night when there's the highest risk," said Alandria Suggs, Texas Tech junior.
In addition to the Tech Alerts, there are approximately 90 emergency call boxes around campus and around 7 to 10 officers on duty at all times. According to statistics by the Office of Secondary Education, Texas Tech as a relatively low crime rate compared to other schools its size.
If you have any information on the attack or the suspect, Texas Tech Police ask that you contact them immediately at (806) 743-2000.
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