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Police Looking for Suspect After Indecent Assault Near Tufts University

Police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a woman near the Tufts University campus early Sunday morning.

Tufts University sent out an alert to students warning them of the indecent assault that happened on Curtis Street, which is just off the main campus.  

Campus police have been circling the neighborhood after the unsettling incident but students feel uneasy.

"It really could have been any one of us. That's the worst part," said Sera Busse, a senior at Tufts.

Authorities say a female student was walking to her home at the edge of campus around 12:15 a.m. She made it to the front porch and then realized a man was behind her.

It was then that the suspect allegedly indecently touched the woman and took off down Conwell Avenue.

The woman was shaken but not physically hurt in the incident.

The suspect is described as a male in his late teens to early 20s, 5'8'' in height, wearing a black and blue jacket and black pants.

"I hope they find him as soon as possible," Busse said. "It's scary to hear that this happened so close to home."

Several Tufts students say it is a wake up call. 

"I just think it's a good reminder that we need to talk together at all times and stay close to most heavily trafficked areas," said senior Cassie Collins.

Another senior, Becca Wagner, says she feels very safe for the most part.

The alert from campus officials reminded students to remain alert and observant of the people around them, to stick to well-lit and well-travelled routes, to walk with friends whenever possible, and to not be afraid to call for help.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tufts police at 617-627-3030 or Somerville police at 617-625-1600.

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