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Second attack near Cal Poly's campus in less than a week

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San Luis Obispo police say a 21-year old female college student reported being attacked while walking home from the downtown area early Wednesday morning.

It happened at around 1:40 a.m. on the 1600 block of Fredericks Street. 

The woman told police she was walking alone when a man jumped out from some bushes and pulled her to the ground. She was able to break free and hit the man in the face. She then ran home and called police.

"It was completely unprovoked," Captain Chris Staley said of the attack. "We don't know what his motive was at this point, but obviously there was more to the intent than just attacking her. We don't know exactly what could have happened, but we're certainly glad she was able to fight off the offender and break free."

Staley says her roommate heard her scream and came out of their home, but only saw the man running away. The attack happened so fast that the victim and her roommate were only able to describe the attacker as a male who is 6' tall and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The victim was not injured.

Police say investigators are trying to determine if this incident is related to similar assaults that have occurred in San Luis Obispo. At this point, investigators do not believe the attack is related to an attack near the Cal Poly campus on Friday, when Derrick Moore, 25, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

"They seem to be really random attacks and very unprovoked by the victims at this point. We haven't been able to make a connection to why they selected their victims," Capt. Staley said, pointing out the attacker in this case is still at large and may have fresh cuts or bruises on his face because the victim struck him.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at (805) 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP.

Police are offering the following safety tips:

  • Whenever possible, walk with friends
  • Call for a taxi or a friend to give you a ride
  • When on campus use the university escort service
  • Stay on populated, well-lit streets
  • Have your cell phone accessible to call 911
  • If attacked, run to a well-lit or populated area
  • Avoid walking alone after dark
  • Pay attention to your surroundings
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