NCSU student sprays man to escape late-night encounter

From staff reportsMay 1, 2013 

— Police at N.C. State University and Raleigh police were looking Wednesday for a man whom a female student said she sprayed with an irritant and ran from late Tuesday after he began walking with her and then put his arm around her on the school’s North Campus.

University authorities posted a campus alert.

Police said the woman told them the man joined her as she was walking near Daniels Hall about 11 p.m.

The man struck up a conversation as he walked alongside the student, then put his arm around her, she told police.

She used an irritating spray she was carrying and ran, she reported.

Police described the man they were seeking as 19-20 years old, black, 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a full beard and wearing blue jeans and a red shirt with a black “S” and carrying a black bag.

He was last seen near the south side of the 1911 Building.

Police renewed their warning for students to stay in well-lit areas as much as possible and to try to walk in groups.

Last week, a woman reported being sexually assaulted after a man accosted her near the Free Expression Tunnel.

The suspect in that case was described as older and shorter than the man described Tuesday night.

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