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Woman Attacked at UNM

Woman Attacked at UNM

Attempted Rape Occurred at Johnson Field

University of New Mexico police were searching for a man who tried to rape a woman at Johnson Field late Tuesday night.

The attempted rape occurred around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, UNM Police Lt. Tom Stump said.

A group of students saw a man on top of a woman on the ground and confronted the man. The attacker told the students that he had a knife and then fled on foot, Stump said.

The victim was a transient and was not injured, Stump said.

Police said the assailant was about 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds. He was wearing a gray beanie, black t-shirt and had a backpack.

UNM police issued a Lobo Alert—UNM’s emergency text messaging and email alert system—about an hour after the attack. The alert contained a description of the attacker. On Wednesday morning, UNM police received two tips regarding the assailant. Both were “negative,” Stump said, while urging people with any information to contact police.

Stump added that the two tips UNM police received about the attacker demonstrated the effectiveness of the Lobo Alerts. He also urged students to use the UNM police department’s escort service.

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Johnny Vizcaino is an editorial intern at ABQ Free Press Weekly.

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