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Police: man rushed, knocked down Cal Poly student in sexual assault attempt

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Police officers in San Luis Obispo are searching for a man accused of trying to sexually assault a Cal Poly student.

It happened on the 1200 block of Foothill Blvd, a popular student housing area a few blocks away from Cal Poly's campus.

Officers say they received a call around 11:30 Monday night, reporting a possible rape or attempted assault.

"When they arrived, they met a very frantic 22-year-old Cal Poly student at the front door of her residence that alleged that a male had been inside her residence and tried to sexually assault her," said Lt. John Bledsoe, San Luis Obispo Police Department.

She told officers she has just stepped out of the shower- still in the nude- and headed toward her bedroom.

Officers say she heard a noise and stepped into her hallway to find an unknown man- described to be in his 20s- in her living room.

"At that time he rushed her, he knocked her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her," said Lt. Bledsoe.

The victim fought back, kicking and screaming. Investigators say the man took off without physically harming the student.

Lt. John Bledsoe says making a scene could have been what scared the man away.

"Make a lot of noise and draw the attention of the people nearby so they'll come to the rescue or at least call the police," said Lt. Bledsoe.

Other Cal Poly students are now feeling more cautious after hearing the news.

"Sometimes my roommates will even leave our door unlocked for just going out for a few minutes or thirty minutes or so because you never expect something like that to happen. It will definitely increase our awareness about locking our doors and being aware of our surroundings," said Cal Poly student Michelle Pritts.

"The fact that she has to feel like she has to look over her own shoulder, even in her own home, is very sad," said Nicholas Felipa, a Cal Poly student.

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