Stanford police released a sketch of a man who assaulted a student on campus Monday evening (Jan. 3).
The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old female student was walking alone near Manzanita field near Campus Drive and Serra Street.
A man approached her from behind, calling out, "Hey, girl!" He grabbed her and placed his hand over her mouth, Stanford Police Lt. Rich Cinfio said. The student defended herself by trying to bite the suspect, who then fled, he said.
The student called 911 from a nearby blue emergency tower phone. There were no witnesses.
The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a thin build and a brown goatee. He was wearing a brown or black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up.
Anyone with information is urged to call Stanford Police Detective Ceasar Campus at 650-725-2139.
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.