What is this notice? Campus Crime Alerts are released by the University of Oregon Police Department when certain crimes are reported on or near campus property, and in compliance with federal law. These timely warnings provide information about campus safety situations, and allow campus community members to take precautions for personal safety. All crimes should be reported as soon as possible to local law enforcement.
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A female University of Oregon student reported to the SAFE hotline and UO police that she was attacked by a man who tried to steal her backpack, about 12:45 a.m. on July 17 to the east of Beall Concert Hall on the UO campus.
The woman reported that she was walking south on the road between Beall Hall and the Pioneer Cemetery, when an unknown man approached her from behind, grabbed her hair and pushed her to the ground, and tried to remove her backpack. The woman pepper-sprayed the man, who stopped and fled, and the woman escaped. She described the man as white, late 20s to late 30s, about 6-feet-1, short hair, clean-shaven, with close-set eyes, wearing jeans and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, and a strong smell of body odor.
This incident is unresolved and an investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this or similar incidents should call UOPD at 541-346-2919. Updates regarding this incident, when and if available, will be posted on the UOPD website at police.uoregon.edu.