Police search for man accused of attacking female student - WHDH-TV 7News Boston

Police search for man accused of attacking female student

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BROOKLINE, Mass. (WHDH) - Boston University police have been searching for the person who attacked a student over the weekend.

Officers said a man approached the 22-year-old woman at Commonwealth Ave and Amory Street around 10 p.m. Sunday.

BU's student newspaper, the Daily Free Press, reported investigators said the man, who was wearing a ski mask, hugged the student from behind and then punched her. However, the woman was able to fight him off.

7News’ Victoria Warren reported that hugging is becoming more common in robbery attempts, especially if the victim is distracted by something like a cellphone.

Police believe the man got into a gray or tan SUV, possibly a Honda Pilot, and drove away.

BU and Brookline police increased patrols in the area.

We got an email, a text and a phone call, and then another e-mail,” said Josh Falkson, Boston University student.

They would always tell you not to walk with headphones because we’re always plugged in. You know, I know I do that a lot,” said Liz Brault, lives nearby.

Officers will be looking for surveillance footage from the area in hopes of finding a suspect.

Students are advised to be alert in order to protect themselves when walking.

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