It’s almost like a wake-up call before school officially begins at Ohio State: a man assaulted a female student walking on a street near campus.
“This morning I woke up to do it,” said OSU student Mariah Lancaster. “I kind of check my emails every morning just to see if there was an attack.”
The Ohio State University issued a safety alert notifying OSU students that one of their own was robbed and assaulted near the intersection of 14th Avenue and High Street which is right off campus.
An unknown male struck the female student her face, snatched her purse and ran north bound on Pearl Street, according to the alert.
Mariah Lancaster is from a small town in Maine. She said waking up to this kind of news is something she’s said she will get used to.
“It’s kind of scary, yeah,” said Lancaster. “I asked my roommate, she’s a junior, and she said, ‘oh yeah we get like one a week of those messages.’ I was like wow it’s so different from my community.”
Another freshman, Andrew Heiden, said he was in that area around that time the robbery happened but didn’t see or hear anything. “It’s kind of surprising,” said Heiden.
He added he and his friends were walking together getting used to the new area.
“Some of us wanted to go one way others wanted to go the other way,” said “Heiden. “I said why don’t we just stay together and that’s what we did.”
If you have any information about the robbery and assault you are asked contact Columbus Police Special Victims Bureau at 614-645-4266.