Corvallis investigators are following up on tips and continuing to ask for the public’s help in identifying the masked man who attacked a woman on Saturday north of Oregon State University and the man responsible for a similar Jan. 15 attack on campus less than a mile away.
Oregon State Police, the investigating agency for the Jan. 15 incident, and Corvallis Police Department, which is investigating Saturday’s attack, are looking into the possibility that one person was responsible for both incidents.
“(Investigators) had a meeting today, and they’re talking about ideas and looking at different approaches to solving this crime,” Corvallis police spokesman Capt. Dave Henslee said Monday.
In the weeks since the initial attack, OSP troopers have followed up on 30 to 40 tips, said Lt. Steve Mitchell, the station commander of the Oregon State Police on campus.
“Out of those,” he said, “we have ruled out numerous people as possible suspects.”
About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a man in a black ski mask attacked a 20-year-old woman north of Oregon State University as she was walking from her front door to her car parked in the driveway. He tackled her from behind, held her to the ground and struck her multiple times in the torso, Henslee said. He ran off after she put up a fight, he added.
The incident took place near the intersection of Northwest 29th Street and Northwest Fillmore Avenue, less than a mile north of the Jan. 15 attack. In that incident, a 20-year-old woman was walking near Southwest 30th Street and Campus Way about 10:10 p.m. when a man struck her from behind, forced her to the ground and attempted to remove her clothes. He fled after she kicked him in the face.
Investigators did not release the names of the victims, but OSP indicated that the victim of the Jan. 15 attack was a non-student campus visitor.
OSP released a composite sketch of the Jan. 15 attacker, who was described as a white male in his early to mid-20s, 6 feet tall with a bulky build, short dark hair, thin face and bushy eyebrows.
The victim Saturday described her attacker as a white male, 6-0 to 6-3 tall with an athletic build and dark eyelashes. He wore a black ski mask with one hole for both eyes, black athletic-style pants, white shoes and a dark navy blue or black hooded pullover sweatshirt.
If anyone saw something out of the ordinary in the areas of the attacks on Jan. 15 or Jan. 26, they are asked to call CPD at 541-766-6924 or the OSP University Patrol Office at 541-737-3010 (select option 2).