A 20-year-old Corvallis woman fought off a stranger who attacked her Tuesday night as she was walking along a street in the northern end of Oregon State University campus, Oregon State Police Sgt. Vonn Schleicher said.
The woman told investigators that the man struck her on the head and attempted to remove her clothing after she fell to the ground. She reportedly hit him in the face, possibly in the nose, and then he ran away.
Although investigators declined to identify the woman, they said she is not an OSU student.
The attack occurred near Southwest 30th Street and Campus Way about 10:10 p.m. The woman immediately called 911, and law enforcement personnel from state police, OSU Department of Public Safety, the Corvallis Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene. A canine unit also was called in an unsuccessful attempt to track the attacker.
The woman had minor injuries, but they did not require medical care.
The man was described as white, in his early- to mid-20s, about 6 feet tall and husky, with short, dark hair, a thin face and bushy eyebrows. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with orange “OSU” outlined in white on the front, dark jeans and dark tennis shoes. He might have a nose injury or black eye as a result of being punched in the face.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the attacker is asked to call the OSP University Patrol Office at 541-737-3010 and select option 2.