The victim told police she was attacked early Saturday morning on Harris Street near 19th Avenue on her way to her apartment. She says a man ran up to her and touched her inappropriately.
Students have been notified about the attack, but police have yet to identify a suspect.
Even though the site of the assault is not on campus, UOPD knows this could still affect a lot of students.
“We have so many students who live just off campus, so whenever we have a situation come up that are in those areas, where you have some sort of criminal aggression happening and a good description on a suspect but no arrest made, we like to let students know about that,” said Kelly McIver, UO Police spokesman.
McIver with UOPD says the campus crime alert students received via email about the attack could benefit both students and police.
“Hopefully someone can identify somebody, and help with an investigation, but at the very least, people can be aware of the situation and be reminded to take any safety precautions they can,” McIver.
This assault comes after a string of similar attacks on Oregon State’s campus just a couple weeks ago, and while the attacks occurred miles apart, they all provide a similar reminder:
“It’s things that especially young women, have heard for most of their life, very standard, very common sense things about being aware of your surroundings, whenever possible, travel in pairs or in groups,” McIver said.
Familiar advice, but truly the most useful tip is to stay safe at night, as long as criminals still wander the streets.
The suspect from Saturday morning’s assault is reported to be a white man about 5’5”, chubby. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt tied tight around his face, with tan Bermuda shorts. Anyone with information should call Eugene Police at 541-682-5111.