Police search for man who tried to sexually assault ASU student

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 3:37 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police said someone tried to sexually assault an Arizona State University student early Wednesday morning.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect.

Investigators said the man entered the 19-year-old woman's apartment in the 900 block of South Terrace Road near Rural Road and University Drive around 3 a.m.

He attacked her, but she was able to fight him off and run from the apartment.

Police said the victim did not know the suspect.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall, late 40s to early 50s with a chubby build. He was wearing a red T-shirt with black writing and long shorts that covered his knees.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Tempe police at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Submit a a tip anonymously at www.silentwitness.org. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect. 

Tempe police remind residents to secure and lock doors, windows, gates, garages and vehicles, and to be aware of your surroundings.  

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