The University of Maryland Police are investigating an on campus assault which occurred early on Saturday morning.
According to an alert issued by campus police, at about 2:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, a female student was walking to her dorm in Commons 4 when she realized she was being followed by a man.
The student swiped her card to unlock the doors, and entered using the automated handicap door. The man followed her into the building and grabbed her by the shoulders before quickly fleeing.
Police say the student was not injured. They were notified of the event at around 4:15 a.m. when one of the victim's friends flagged down a police officer on Baltimore Avenue.
Police describe the suspect as a 5-foot, 9-inch black male, medium build, wearing a black hooded jacket and dark pants.
The incident is being investigated by the campus Department of Public Safety. They are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact police by phone at 301-405-3555 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus police will also provide escort for anyone who, at any time of day, feels threatened while traveling through campus. An escort may be requested by phone or by using the emergency blue light call boxes throughout campus.
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected. In a previous version, it included an update that belonged with a different University of Maryland crime incident that occurred a day apart. We regret the error.