A female U.C.S.C. student reported that an unknown white man grabbed her while she was walking near the Merrill College writing center around 8:45 p.m. last night.   The victim said she was able to fight off the suspect,  and then went to her dorm. She filed the police report about an hour later.

The suspect is described as a clean-shaven white man in his 20s with a large build, and dark hair that partially covered his eyes.  He may have suffered a facial injury during the incident.

A CruzAlert was sent out via text message to the community asking them to be on the lookout and to report individuals matching the description by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

Police officers,  and Housing Community Safety Officers, are conducting extra patrols in the housing areas.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831–459–2231.

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