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Masked man attacks woman outside Corvallis home, police say

Masked man attacks woman outside Corvallis home, police say

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A man wearing a ski mask and dark clothing attacked woman outside her Corvallis home near the OSU campus Saturday night, police said.

It’s the second attack this month where an unknown man attacked a woman from behind.

Police said the woman was walking from her home to her car in the driveway near Northwest 29th Street and Fillmore Avenue when the man tackled her to the ground and hit her several times in the torso.

The victim struggled with the suspect until he stopped attacking her and ran away. Her injuries are unclear.

The suspect is described as a white man who is 6’ to 6’3’’ tall and has an athletic, muscular build. The victim told police the man had dark eyelashes. He was wearing a black ski mask with one hole for both eyes, black athletic-style pants, white shoes and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt. The sweatshirt had a white circle on the back with cursive style writing that extended from the lower-left side of the circle to the upper-right side.

The attack occurred less than one mile from a similar assault on the OSU campus on Jan. 16, police said. The suspect in that attack knocked a woman down from behind. That suspect was described as a white man in his 20s with a “bulky” build, short dark hair and bushy eyebrows.

The victim gave police enough information for investigators to develop a sketch of the suspect (right).

Police said in a news release that they will “continue to investigate the possibility both crimes were committed by the same individual.”

Anyone in the area of NW 29th Street and Fillmore Avenue on Jan. 26 who saw anyone matching the description of the suspect, or saw anything suspicious, is asked to call the Corvallis Police Department at 541-766-6924.

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