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UCLA student sexually assaulted, prompting a police crime alert

September 28, 2011 |  5:23 pm

UCLA sexual assualt
Authorities are warning people to be vigilant around UCLA after a female student there was sexually assaulted near campus.

The student was walking near Strathmore Drive and Levering Avenue about 7 p.m. Saturday when a man began following her, UCLA police said.

The man grabbed the woman by the waist, threw her into a nearby car and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able break free and flee, police said.

The assailant drove off in an unknown direction. He was described by police as a white male, 30 to 35 years old, with a heavy build and short, straight brown hair. He is about 6 feet tall and was wearing a black Nike cotton shirt, beige synthetic athletic shorts and white shoes. He had sunburned skin in his neck area, police said.

The man was driving a four-door Honda Civic, possible 10 to 15 years old.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call (310) 794-5824.

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Graphic: Map shows recent crimes reported in the vicinity of the sexual assault near UCLA.

Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.

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