Two women attacked at Stanford University

(AP File)

(KTSF by Sean Au)

Two students  at  Stanford University were assaulted early Sunday morning. Both incidents happened within 15 minutes apart.

Police say the first incident happened around 1.45am Sunday. A woman was grabbed from behind when she was walking back to her campus residence at Kennedy Grove. Another man nearby yelled at the attacker who then fled the scene. The culprit is described as a white male in his 20s, 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds.

At 2am, a man entered a female student’s unlocked room, climbed into her bed while she was sleeping and tried to remove her clothing. The woman woke up and was able to leave the room. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, about 5 feet 11, of average build.

A female student says, “Knowing that we go to school with people like that, or knowing that someone on campus can do that, it is really scary. It makes me really nervous about going out.”

Another says, ”I always lock my room. I will make sure we do not let strangers into the building .”

Stanford Police advise students to take appropriate precautions. Spokesperson Chris Cohendet says, “Make sure that you are aware of the emergency towers around the campuses. We have 158 of them. Make sure you know where they are located. Walk in pairs is a good way to get around on campus. That way you are safer.”

Anyone with information about these cases should call Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

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