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Woman Says She Was Grabbed, Dragged By Man Near Purdue Campus

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she was grabbed around 2 a.m. Friday and dragged toward a dumpster.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A woman says she was grabbed by a man in a ski mask and dragged toward a dumpster early Friday morning near the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette.

The Journal & Courier says the woman's boyfriend, Purdue undergraduate student Austin Mann, tweeted out an iPhone note containing her first-hand account of the incident. The victim, who does not go to Purdue, wishes to remain anonymous.

The note began, "PSA for all girls on Purdue campus. I don't feel the most comfortable talking about this but girls and guys need to know to never walk alone at night. Ever."

Mann told the newspaper that his girlfriend parked her car near the intersection of South Salisbury and East Williams Street around 2 a.m. Friday. She planned to walk to his apartment building, which is nearby.

The woman got out of her car, began walking, and was almost immediately grabbed by the arms by a man wearing a black ski mask. 

The man clapped his hand over her mouth, told her to stay quiet, and started dragging her toward a dumpster next to a wooded area. She managed to escape by kicking him with her high-heeled shoe until he let her go. She ran away and did not see where the man went.

The victim described her attacker as a white man, between 30 and 40 years old, in black clothing and a black ski mask.

The West Lafayette Police Department is now investigating the incident.

(Photo by Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/Thinkstock.)

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