Police search for suspect who sexually assaulted CSU student, threatened her with knife

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Fort Collins Police are looking for a man who they say was armed with a knife when he sexually assaulted a 22-year-old Colorado State University student early Saturday morning.

Officers said the assault happened at about midnight near 100 W. Lake Street adjacent to the CSU campus.

The student was driving alone on westbound West Lake when the suspect waved her down from the south side of the road. The man then approached the driver's side of the vehicle, opened the door, threatened her with a knife and forcibly removed the woman out of the car, according to officers.

Police said the man then pulled the woman to the side of the road near the railroad tracks where he sexually assaulted her.

The victim was able to fight the suspect off after she bit his shoulder and scratched his forearms. The man then ran off going eastbound away from the area, according to authorities.

Police said the victim was not injured and did not need medical attention.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s. He is between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11, with an average to muscular build, acne on his face, and short black curly hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with a design on the front and dark jeans.

The victim was able to complete a composite drawing of the suspect shown above.

This is the second sex assault near that area in three weeks, according to CSU police. On Oct. 24, officers responded to an assault in the same area, where the victim told police she was walking on an athletic track located on the CSU campus when she was held at knifepoint by a masked man and sexually assaulted.

Although the suspect descriptions are different, Fort Collins police are working with CSU police to see if the cases are connected.

If you have any information about this incident or the suspect, you are asked to  contact Fort Collins Police at 970-221-6577, or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.

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