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ALERT: Gonzaga Student Attacked While Running On Centennial Trail East Of Campus

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga campus security is increasing patrols on the east side of N. Hamilton St. after a GU Student was attacked by a stranger while running on Centennial Trail around 8:40 Wednesday morning.

Here's the release Gonzaga University sent out to students:

At 9:15 am today, a student reported to Campus Security that she was assaulted around 8:40 am this morning while jogging on Centennial Trail near Legacy Field. The student stated that while she was jogging, a black male, 5'9", weighing about 200 lbs. between 20-25 years of age, wearing a black sweatshirt and dark pants and facial piercings attempted to strike her with a closed fist as she passed.

The student stated the man attempted to hit her in the face, but that she was able to turn to avoid being hit in the face and instead was struck in the back. The student added the aggravated assault was unprovoked.

The student was able to get away and call 911 with help from another student who was in the area. Both students went to a friend's house nearby for help. Spokane Police responded and conducted a sweep of the area without locating the man. Spokane Police completed a report and will follow-up.

Gonzaga community members are reminded of the following safety tips:

  • Report suspicious persons or circumstances immediately to GU Security (313-2222) or SPD (911).
  • Once you are in safe place, report all crimes immediately to police at 911 and GU Security at 313-2222.
  • If you have to walk, do so in groups especially after dark. Try to use well-lit, busy routes. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Utilize Saferide or a taxi service if you need a ride back to your residence from an off-campus location: call 568-8000.
  • Utilize Security escorts to travel across campus or to/from near-campus locations: 313-22
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