A female University of Oregon student reported that she was attacked by a man who tried to steal her backpack at about 12:45 a.m. on July 17.
According to a campus crime alert sent by the University of Oregon Police Department, the incident occurred east of Beall Concert Hall on the UO campus. The Beall Concert Hall is affiliated of the UO School of Music and Dance.
The woman was approached by an unknown man “when she was walking south on the road between Beall Hall and Pioneer Cemetery. The man grabbed her from behind, grabbed her hair, pushed her to the ground and tried to remove her backpack.”
The woman was able to get away after using pepper spray on the assailant.
She described her attacker as a white male in his “late 20s to late 30s, about 6-foot-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 is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident or other crimes on campus should call UOPD at 541-346-2919. You can view available updates at police.uoregon.edu.