A 21-year-old Stanford student fended off an attacker Monday evening after attempting to bite him when he placed his hand over her mouth, Stanford police said.
The student was walking alone at about 6:40 p.m. near Manzanita Field, in the area of the intersection of Campus Drive and Serra Street, according to Stanford Police Lt. Rich Cinfio.
The unidentified suspect approached her from behind, calling out "hey girl' before grabbing her and placing his hand over her mouth, Cinfio said. The student attempted to defend herself by trying to bite the suspect, who then fled, he said.
The suspect was described as a white male, in his 40s, with a thin build, brown hair and a moustache or goatee, wearing a dark jacket.
Anyone with information should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413. Police encourage individuals to walk in pairs, use suggested travel routes, know the locations of the campus emergency bluetower phones and carry a cell phone.