Woman assaulted in University of Houston bathroom

Published On: Jan 31 2013 08:30:14 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 31 2013 05:57:17 PM CST

Jan. 31, 2013: University of Houston police put out a warning after a woman was assaulted in a bathroom. Camille Williams reports.

HOUSTON -

University of Houston police put out a warning Wednesday after a woman was assaulted in a bathroom.

University police said the attack happened Agnes Arnold Hall shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

The victim said she was washing her hands in the second-floor bathroom when she noticed a man behind her. She screamed and he came at her, covering her mouth with his open hands, detectives said.

She struggled with the suspect and managed to kick him.  He ran from the bathroom.

The woman called police, but they were unable to find the man.

Police said the attacker was described as a dark-skinned Middle Eastern man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 to 150 pounds with a neatly-trimmed beard.  He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Detectives said they don't know if the attacker is a student.

Officials said student safety is No. 1 priority, and that's why UH police will reactivate their anti-crime team.

"That was so successful in apprehending the criminals last semester following the robbery toward the beginning of the semester, and they will actively be investigating this case," Lt. Bret Collier said.

Police will also re-evaluate their security policy. They are advising everyone on campus to be alert, aware of their surroundings and to not walk around campus alone.

Anyone with information is asked to call UH police at 713-743-3333 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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