Ohio State issues alert after an attempted sexual assault

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police say a man broke into a residence near campus and attempted to sexually assault a woman.

According to the Ohio State University Police, at about 2:30am, Thursday, the college-aged woman, not affiliated with the university, reported she woke up when a man broke into the residence she was in and attempted to sexually assault her. Police say the incident occurred at a home in the 2100 block of Tuller Street, north of Lane Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black male, bald, in his early 20s, about 170 pounds and wearing plastic-rimmed glasses.

This early-morning incident is now reminding some students about safety measure they should take when they are out and home alone.

The Ohio State Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services provides resources for free to off-campus students.

“We make available free these light timers,” said Dave Isaacs of the Ohio State Office of Student Life. “So you can put them on lights come on and off even if no one’s there. We also have these door and window alarms. It makes a very loud obnoxious noise.”

Isaacs added the school has seen an increase in the number of students coming in to get the door alarms on Thursday.

Columbus police continue to investigate the incident and ask anyone with information to call the CPD Sexual Assault Unit at 614-645-4701.

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