Woman attacked in University of Florida parking garage

University of Florida police searching for attacker

(Twittter/@UF via CNN)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Police Department is searching for a man who police said attacked a woman inside a campus parking garage.

It happened about 9:14 p.m. Sunday at the University of Florida’s Garage No. 2.

The woman told police she was in the stairwell of the second floor of the garage, walking to her vehicle, when the suspect came from behind, grabbed her wrist and pulled her backward. She said she hit him twice in the face and he ran off.  

According to police, the man was described as having blue eyes and a medium build. He was reportedly wearing all black, including a ski mask and black gloves.

Anyone with information about the incident or who may know the suspect's identity is asked to call the University of Florida Police Department at 352-392-1111. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP (7867).

The university is also reminding students to avoid walking alone and to always be alert and aware of your surroundings. This is particularly important if you are wearing headphones and may not be able to hear someone near or behind you.