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UCLA police warn women after attempted rape

April 1, 2010 | 10:36 pm
Police at UCLA are warning female students to be extra vigilant after a man tried to rape a woman on campus.

The attempted rape occurred Wednesday about 3:30 a.m. as a female student walked to her resident hall, the university Police Department said. The woman was grabbed and taken to a more isolated location. The attacker threw the woman to the ground and straddled her, UCLA police said.

For some reason, the attacker stopped his assault and walked away. The woman was scratched during the attack.

Police said the attack did not appear to be related to campus sexual batteries reported earlier this month.

The attacker is described as Latino, 20 to 30 years old and unshaven. He was wearing a baggie black hoodie and baggy black pants, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (310) 825-9371.

-- Robert J. Lopez