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Posted at 07:19 AM ET, 09/15/2011

U-Md. police: Student sexually assaulted in dorm room


This still from a video clip show a person of interest in a sexual assault case at the University of Maryland. A student woke up about 3:30 a.m. Friday and found a man she didn’t know in her bed fondling her body. (University of Maryland College Park Police)
Campus police are searching for a man believed to have sexually assaulted a University of Maryland student while she was sleeping in her dorm room last week. Authorities have released a surveillance video of a person of interest leaving the on-campus apartment.

The incident took place about 3:30 a.m. Friday while the student, an unidentified woman, was asleep in her in the Leonardtown apartment complex.

She awoke to find a man she did not recognize in her bed, fondling her breasts and torso, police reported in a safety bulletin. According to police, the man fled through a window after the student screamed.

Police say they don’t know how long the man was in bed with the student before she woke up, or how the man entered the apartment. There was no sign of forced entry, and all apartment keys have been accounted for, police said.

The student, who saw her attacker as he escaped, said the man had curly hair and was wearing a striped shirt. A surveillance camera outside the building captured footage of a man running from the area around the time of the incident.

Campus police said crimes such as this are rare but “unsettling.” Anyone with information can call 301-405-3555 or e-mail investigation@umpd.umd.edu.

To watch the full video clip of the person of interest, click here.

By  |  07:19 AM ET, 09/15/2011

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