Woman escapes sexual assault on University of Michigan campus

Woman walking near Diag, West Hall arch grabbed by unknown man


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A woman visiting the University of Michigan's campus narrowly escaped being raped as she walked near south university early Sunday morning.

The woman told police a man appeared and pushed her from behind, he told her to be quiet and then attempted to remove her pants.

The man fled on foot when other walkers approached and spooked him. The attack happened at the southeast corner of Diag at West Hall arch.

The suspect is described as a black male, 35-years-old, around 6-foot tall with a thin build and a dark complexion.

The attacker was wearing a black baseball cap, blue sweatshirt, jeans and carrying a backpack.

If you have any information, please contact the University of Michigan police at (734)763-1131.

Safety tips from campus police:

  • Being aware of your surroundings and look assertive.
  • Walking with a trusted friend or co-worker when possible.
  • Trusting your intuition -- if a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.
  • Utilizing campus transportation resources.
  • If you feel threatened on campus, look for a blue light emergency phone or call 911 from any phone.

If you would like more information or help resources regarding sexual assault, visit SAPAC's website at www.sapac.umich.edu.