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Victim of assault near SDSU speaks out

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The victim of a violent assault near the SDSU campus early Friday morning is speaking out, in hopes her experience will encourage other students to take steps to protect themselves.

The victim, a 19-year-old sophomore, tells News 8 she was walking home alone along Campanile Drive off Montezuma Road at around 3am Friday, when a man approached her. She tried to walk across the street to avoid him, but he kept following her.

"So I decided at that point, I should probably run or something," the student,. who identified herself as Haley, said. 

The suspect then grabbed her left arm, and punched her in the eye. Even as his fist approached her face, she was maneuvering out of his grasp.

"He punched me and I realized, 'Yeah, my face hurts,' but I was more concerned with getting away. So I guess the adrenaline kicked in and I ran," Haley said. She then contacted police.

"I didn't have anything on me beside my phone, and it was in my pocket, so there wasn't anything for him to take."

Haley is encouraging all student, especially females, to walk in groups, and to be aware of their surroundings.

San Diego police are on still searching for the suspect.

He is described as a white man in his 30's, between 5-foot-10 and weighing between 180 to 200 pounds with blonde hair.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 619- 235-8477.

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