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Tufts Police investigating reported assault

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) - A student was attacked just steps away from the Tufts University early Wednesday morning and now police are warning students to be on alert.

According to university police, a male student allegedly was walking on Dearborn Road near College Ave around 1:00 a.m. when he was approached by three males. The victim said that one of the males punched him in the face.

The male student reported the assault to police and provided descriptions of two of the suspects.

The college is on summer break so fewer students are around, but those students that are said they generally feel safe near campus.

“Personally, I wouldn't be out at 1 a.m., just being a young woman, but it does surprise me. I've only heard good things about this area, about Medford, Somerville. It’s a promising area, it doesn't seem like something would happen,” Tara, a student, said.

The male that committed the assault is described as a heavy set white male in his early 20s. He was wearing a red shirt and a baseball hat. Another suspect is an olive-skinned in his late 20s with a slim build. He had a beard and was wearing a gray shirt.

If anybody has any information on the incident, they are asked to contact Tufts Police at (617) 627-3030.

Students are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to report any suspicious persons immediately.

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