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Suspect sought after UCLA student sexually assaulted near dorm

Authorities on Saturday continued to search for a man accused of sexually assaulting a UCLA student near dormitories on the campus.

The attack occurred about 2:20 a.m. Friday at the top of the Saxon steps, which connect the Saxon Suites dormitories with Gayley Avenue. A man called out to the female student climbing the steps, according to a statement from UCLA. After a brief conversation, the man sexually assaulted her, it said.

The student eventually got away and called police, who arrived after the man had fled, the statement said. It is unclear whether she knew him.

UCLA police are looking for the suspect, who was described as white, 6 feet tall, weighing 150 pounds and about 21 years old, with short brown hair and blue eyes, according to a crime alert issued by the campus Police Department.

Several students told NBC4 that the assault occurred along a narrow stairway where some other similar crimes have occurred in the past. They said female students try to avoid walking the stairway alone at night.

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