Santa Clara on Alert After Woman Attacked Near Campus

By Kimberly Tere and Kristofer Noceda
|  Thursday, Aug 22, 2013  |  Updated 11:32 PM PDT
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Santa Clara is on high alert following a string of incidents where women were attacked, with the most recent crime reported Wednesday near Santa Clara University. Kimberly Tere reports.

Santa Clara is on high alert following a string of incidents where women were attacked, with the most recent crime reported Wednesday near Santa Clara University. Kimberly Tere reports.

Santa Clara is on high alert following a string of incidents where women were attacked, with the most recent crime reported Wednesday near Santa Clara University.

Police, who will not release if the woman was a student, said a woman was walking south on Franklin Street near the intersection of Sherman Street just after midnight Wednesday when a man approached and attacked her.

"She was appraoched, knocked to the ground and sexually assaulted," said Lt. Kurt Clark of the Santa Clara Police Department. "She was able to fight off her attacker and he fled.

The suspect is described as a white male with a light tan, standing 6 feet to 6 feet and 2 inches tall, 200 pounds, athletic build, light brown hazel eyes, dirty blonde hair in a "fohawk." He was also described as being clean shaven with a narrow, pointed nose. The suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the attack is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Todd Cummins at 408-615-4813.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate other attacks reported in recent weeks.

On August 1, a woman was reportedly physically assaulted on Lexington Street, near Santa Clara University. Police said she was able to fight off her attacker.

On July 26, police said a young woman was raped in her apartment on Homestead Road near Central Park. The suspect allegedly climbed through a window to get inside the unit.

MORE: Santa Clara Police Investigate Sex Assault

Authorities said they have looked into a possible connection, but have been unable to find one. In addition, the suspect descriptions in each case vary greatly, officials said.

View more in Kimberly Tere's video report above.

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