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Chico State student escapes sexual assault on campus

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:20:13 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 28 2013 12:00:44 PM CDT
Chico State student escapes sexual assault on campus
CHICO, Calif. -

A Chico State student says she fought off an attempted sexual assault early Saturday morning on campus.

Around 5:20 Saturday morning an 18-year-old female student says she was sitting on a bench outside of Meriam Library listening to music when two men approached her.

And as she walked back to her home, one of the men followed her.

Near the Physical Sciences Building she says he tried to sexually assault her but she fought him off with pepper spray, leaving him on the ground while she ran home.

Chico State students Taylar Smith and Alyssa Caldwell say they work on campus early morning and always take precautions.

"I have lights, I don't have headphones in and I'm constantly aware of what's going on around me," says Smith, who is often on campus around 6 a.m.

Caldwell is also sometimes on campus that early for work and says she'll buddy up with Smith when they can.

"We'll bike together and things like that," she says. "If you're going to hang out on campus at 5:20 in the morning you want to stay with people."

Fortunately the student wasn't injured during yesterday's attack.

The suspect, who is still being sought, is described as a black male adult, about 20 years old tall and thin, with a tattoo under one eye.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CSU, Chico police.