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Woman attacked near UH Manoa campus, suspect at large

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MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The walkways at the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus are packed with students during the day. But they're deserted after dark, and three incidents within a month also point to more danger after sundown.

The latest incident was reported near the campus last Thursday at about 9 p.m., when a woman was walking home on University Avenue near Vancouver Drive. That's when authorities say a man came up behind her, pushed her to the ground and assaulted her with a knife. She got away after a struggle, and suffered lacerations.

"We're very concerned about this latest incident because it did happen on a public street, and yet it was close to campus, so you know, it is a concern," said Wayne Ogino, chief of UH Manoa Campus Security.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male between 40 and 45 years old. He's believed to be between 5'8" and 6'0" and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds. He also has brown hair. He also may have gotten hurt in the attack.

"Even though it is a week ago, the male may have defensive scratch wounds on him, because she did break her fingernails while trying to defend herself," said Honolulu Police Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers.

While the attack happened last week, the victim did not immediately report it. "She did not tell anybody or report it for several days due to being traumatized and how she dealt with it. When she did go to the hospital, the hospital did report it," Buffett said.

"Even though it may be embarrassing and emotional, it really is good if they take the time to report it," Ogino said. "In the past I think some of the victims have thought about their fellow students, and because of that they've taken the initiative."

Meanwhile, authorities are still looking for a suspect in another incident that happened early on the morning of March 10, when a female student was grabbed in an elevator in a campus residence hall. And on February 27, another female student said she was given an illegal date rape drug by two men she had just met at the Manoa Garden student food court on campus.

Campus Security has sent out alerts, and that has put some students on edge.

"Most of the students are telling me they're getting scared," said graduate student Mari Kita. "and also they are having more awareness and being more responsible."

"I guess if it doesn't escalate, don't escalate it further with all the alerts and stuff," said student Kyle Hisatake. "It's good, though, to let everyone know and have that awareness."

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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