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August 9, 2003

Police seek suspect in connection with attack on woman

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University police are seeking a man wanted in connection with an attack that occurred on campus shortly before 3 p.m. today (Saturday, 8/9).

John Cox, captain of special services, said a female student reported to police that she was in the basement of Young Hall, formerly known as Young Graduate House, when she was approached from behind by a dark-complexioned black male. The man allegedly picked up the woman, and during the struggle she was hit several times in the head. According to a police report, the man ran from the area after the victim managed to free herself.

The suspect was described as having a thin to average build and was 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, wearing a dark green T-shirt and carrying a black backpack.

Purdue University Fire Department paramedics took the victim to St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she was released after being treated for scratches and bruises.

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with additional information should contact the Purdue Police Department at (765) 494-8221.

Battery resulting in injury is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Writer: Brian Zink, (765) 494-2080

Source: John Cox, (765) 494-8221

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