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Police look for suspect in alleged assault

Denton police said a 24-year-old Texas Woman’s University student reported that she was the victim of a sexual assault after leaving the TWU library on Thursday night.

The victim was walking to her car when the alleged attack occurred near the corner of Third and Locust streets at 8:30 p.m., police said.

The assailant, described as a male in his late 20s to early 30s, came out of a shadowed area, grabbed the student and placed his hand over her mouth. The victim was shoved against the side of a house, causing her to hit her head, police said.

The man, the victim told police, fought with her when she tried to scream and attempted to remove her clothing. Police said the victim may have bitten one of her assailant’s fingers during the struggle.

Shane Kizer, spokesman for Denton police, said the victim was able to loosen the man’s grip and scream. The suspect fled on foot and was last seen running south on North Locust Street, police said.

The victim, he said, did not suffer any serious injuries.

The suspect had a scruffy beard and was approximately 6 feet tall, police said. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and “sagging” black jeans. Police said he also had tattoos on both of his arms.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Keith Smith at 940-349-7912.

— Megan Gray