Graduate student avoids injury in attack near campus

Wake Forest University Police officers are looking for an unidentified man who grabbed a graduate student and threw her to the ground on a paved walkway leading from Reynolda Village to the campus.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, as the woman walked to the university.

The woman, who was not injured, told investigators the man was armed with a pocketknife. He unsuccessfully attempted to drag her away from the path, as she lay on the ground, but he fled when a bicyclist and a pedestrian approached the area. Witnesses reported the man ran through the woods toward nearby Faculty Drive.

University Police officers describe the man as white, weighing approximately 130-140 pounds, and standing approximately 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He was wearing a dark ski mask, dark blue or black waist-length coat, dark blue or black pants, and athletic shoes. Witnesses told police they saw the man wearing the ski mask as a cap and wearing sunglasses shortly before the incident.

Investigators would like to talk with anyone who may have been in that area between 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Thursday. They may call University Police at 758-5591. Information can be provided anonymously by calling Campus Crime Stoppers at 758-4477. Winston-Salem police are participating in the investigation, also.

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