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Second student assaulted near UH campus

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For the second time in as many days, a female student has reported being assaulted at a public park on Dole Street near the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus.

The Honolulu Police Department notified UH Campus Security about an incident that occurred Thursday evening at Kanewai Park, located on Dole Street just east of campus.

The student had just been dropped off, and was walking along Dole Street toward her dormitory when she said a car pulled up behind her.

"She heard the car, but she didn't see anything at first, and then somebody got out of the car (and) grabbed her arm, said UH security chief Wayne Ogino. "She didn't know who it was, so she started screaming, 'Let me go.'"

The man let go and she fled. She was unable to describe the man or the vehicle.

"This was in a very public area, right on Dole Street, there are people in the park, so a lot of potential witnesses. But no one really saw anything because it happened so fast," Ogino said.

This incident comes less than 24 hours after another female student said she was sexually assaulted at the park. In that case, the student was leaving an overnight party at the park at 3:30 a.m. Thursday when a man grabbed her from behind. He fled after hearing voices, possibly from others at or leaving the gathering.

Campus security officials have been sending out e-mail alerts about the attacks. "I do check my e-mail, so I know that there have been other attacks, so I mean it's not like a shocker or anything," said freshman Kiana Bridgeman, who lives on campus.

However, she was walking with a companion tonight. And she also said she carries a knife in her purse, which she takes with her at all times. "So at least I'm a little prepared, you know," she said. "I guess having anything to help you against an attacker is good. Other than that, just get back kinda early."

Authorities don't believe the two incidents are related, but are very concerned. "Actually it's outside of our jurisdiction, but we're going to step up out patrols," Ogino said. "The police are also going to be cooperative, so I think there'll be a lot more coverage."

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call Honolulu Police at 911 or UH Campus Security at 956-6911.

University officials said that others can call the Counseling Center at 956-7927 or the Women's Center at 956-8059 for additional support.

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