An alumna was allegedly assaulted early Friday morning on Witherspoon Street near Wiggins Street, two blocks from the University’s main gates.The woman suffered minor injuries. University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua confirmed that the alleged victim was an alumna and noted that nothing was stolen from her and that any motive is still unknown.
The alleged victim told the Princeton Police that she noticed that she was being followed as she crossed Nassau Street onto Witherspoon Street, according to an email sent to undergraduate students on Friday afternoon by Department of Public Safety Administrative Captain Donald Reichling.
The woman told police she had first seen the man, who she said appeared to be in his early 20s and stood about 5 feet 7 inches with short dark hair, outside Nassau Hall on campus. At approximately 4:17 a.m., after hearing someone running behind her, the woman was allegedly tackled by the suspect and screamed for help, prompting people nearby to call 911, according to the email. By the time police and first aid units responded, the suspect had fled.
Mbugua said the Princeton Police informed the Department of Public Safety of the incident because a portion of the incident involved the University campus.
He added that the University is currently working on communicating information about the incident to the alumni body, though he said he did not have any specifics. The incident occurred after the first night of Reunions, when more than 20,000 alumni return to campus.
Princeton Police press information officer Sergeant Mike Cifelli could not be reached for comment.