WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A Catholic University student was assaulted and then robbed just after 11 p.m. Monday, according to school officials.
The woman student was getting out of her car in the 700 block of Lawrence St. NE. According to school authorities, the suspect approached her from behind, grabbing her by the neck and slamming her head against her car. The victim fell to the ground and the suspect continued attacking her.
The suspect then went into the woman's car, taking her debit card and cash.
Officials say that the suspect was last seen running toward the Brookland/CUA Metro station, approximately a block and a half from the scene of the attack. The suspect is described as a black, 5-foot-7 man in his mid 20s, wearing a black sweatshirt, jean shorts, Timberland boots and gloves.
The Catholic University Department of Public Safety offered a reminder to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to follow these safety precautions:
• Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
• Notice persons approaching you or walking behind you.
• Trust your instincts. If a situation does not feel right, take protective action.
• Avoid alleys, short cuts and vacant lots. Stick to well lit, busy streets.
• Walk in groups or with a companion as often as possible.