Corvallis

Police: Masked man attacks woman near OSU campus

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Police said a woman was attacked by a man wearing a ski mask outside of her home near the Oregon State University campus on Saturday night , police said.

It’s the second attack this month where an unknown man attacked a woman from behind.

The woman told officers that she left her home at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, headed for her car parked in her driveway at NW 29th and Fillmore Street.

Police said that as she walked to the car a man came up behind her and tackled her to the ground and started hitting her.

After a short scuffle the woman told police that the man ran from the area.

Responding officers from Corvallis PD, Oregon State Police and the Benton County Sheriff's Office searched the area but couldn't find the suspect.

The woman described the man as a white male, approximately 6'0" to 6'3" tall with an athletic/muscular build and dark eyelashes. 

The suspect was wearing a black ski mask with one hole for both eyes, black athletic style pants, white shoes, and a dark navy blue or black hooded, pull over style sweatshirt. The sweatshirt had a white circle printed upon the back with cursive style writing that extended from the lower left side of the circle, across the center, to the upper right.

Police said that the attack happened around the same area as a similar assault on the Oregon State campus nearly two weeks ago. In each incident the victims described a similar attacker. (shown is the composite sketch from the first attack)

The Corvallis Police Department would like to remind everyone to be constantly aware of your surroundings.  At night, park your vehicle and walk in well lit areas.  Walk with other people and walk with purpose and confidence.  Report all suspicious and out of place persons and behaviors to law enforcement. 

The Corvallis Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident and needs your help.  If anyone in the area of NW 29th Street and NW Fillmore Ave on January 26, 2013 saw anyone matching the description of the suspect, or saw any persons and/or vehicles that appeared out of place or suspicious is asked to contact the Corvallis Police Department at (541) 766-6924.