Woman raped outside of campus-area bar

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EUGENE, Ore. -- A woman was raped outside a bar near the University of Oregon campus early Friday morning.

At around 2:40 A.M. Friday police received a call that a woman had been raped in the parking lot behind Rennie's Landing, a campus-area bar just west of the University, Eugene Police officials said.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman, told police that she was outside of the bar when a man approached her and offered her a cigarette. She said that she then followed the man around the corner down 12th alley to a parking lot, where he assaulted and raped her.

Eugene Police have recently increased their patrols in the area west of the University.

"Due to the calls for service, there's an increase in police presence in the West University area during the weekend hours," said Lt. David Natt. "This occurred on a Thursday into a Friday, so there would be normal police presence down there for that time of night."

The University of Oregon Police Department sent out campus alerts through e-mail Friday night to warn students about the incident.

UO students near the area were alarmed to hear about the alleged assault.

"It's scary to think about," said Mary Craver, a UO student.

"I've always heard about things happening a little off campus," said Anna Lango, a UO student. "We don't go off too much, but knowing that it's nearby it is frightening.

Authorities are urging everyone in the area to be vigilant of your surroundings and always travel in pairs.

Police described the suspect as a black male with light skin, age 25-35, with very short hair, wearing a white coat and dark blue jeans. The victim said that he had a "nice," white car similar to a Lexus. She did not know the car's make or model.

The victim is not a student at the University of Oregon.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call please call Eugene Police at 541-682-5111.