A male student was assaulted by two men at 41st and Ludlow streets at approximately 6:08 p.m. on Sunday, according to University Police.
The student was walking on 41st Street when two men approached him and jumped on top of him.
"They came running up behind him and jumped on his back and knocked him to the ground," Detective Supervisor Frank DeMeo said.
At that point, an unidentified car approached and "most likely stopped," causing the suspects to flee on foot, police said.
"Apparently, whoever it was stopped and the two assailants fled," DeMeo said.
A UPPD patrol car was on location, and attended to the situation. The student suffered minor cuts to his knees, but police said they did not believe he required any medical treatment.
The investigation into the incident is currently ongoing, and no one has been apprehended in connection with it, DeMeo said.
The suspects were described by police as two black males, both approximately 5'8" and 150 to 180 pounds. One was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans, and the other was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans. Police could not specify the subjects' age ranges.
Despite a series of robberies on and near campus in September, several of which involved weapons, police have seen fewer reports of assaults and robberies more recently.
DeMeo attributed the decrease in part to several arrests that have been made, in addition to increased patrolling and student awareness.
"I think now is the time students are more alert to their surroundings," he said. "They're more alert to what's going on around them."
"We set up special patrol procedures," he added, referring to increases in both uniform and plainclothes police presence that the UPPD initiated following the rise in crime.Comments powered by Disqus
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