Woman Reports Being Attacked by Knife-Wielding Man at Cal State Long Beach

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Police at Cal State Long Beach were searching Tuesday for a man who reportedly attacked a female student with a knife on campus, injuring her hand.

A campus police vehicle is seen in a parking structure at Cal State Long Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A campus police vehicle is seen in a parking structure at Cal State Long Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The University Police Department received a call about 3:45 p.m. Monday from a man who said his daughter had been attacked about 2:20 p.m., according to a crime bulletin on the agency's website.

The woman was on the fourth level of Parking Structure 1 and walking to her car when she was approached by an unknown man who brandished a knife, the caller told police.

The woman said she injured her hand when she tried to grab the weapon. The assailant dropped the knife, picked it up and fled southbound, she said. The woman then drove away from the scene in her vehicle and went to a hospital for treatment.

After the incident was reported, the Police Department dispatched officers to the parking structure and conducted a search for the attacker and possible witnesses, the bulletin said. Police detectives also responded to the hospital where the woman had gone.

She described the attacker as white, in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a clean blue baseball cap, glasses, a navy blue T-shirt and blue jeans, she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the University Police Department at 562-985-4101.

Courtney Yamagiwa, a CSULB student, said she was surprised to hear about the incident "because during … student orientation we were told that this is the number one safest school in California and the seventh in the nation."

Yamagiwa said she was heeding authorities' advice for remaining safe on campus.

“I just never really want to walk alone at night — you never really want to do that, she said. “And, luckily, we have the CSO escorts who can take you places,” she added, referring to the Police Department’s Night Escort Program, which is staffed by community service officers.