UCSD Student Victim of Knife Assault

By Andie Adams, Christina London and R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013  |  Updated 8:05 PM PDT
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Students and employees at UC San Diego are on high alert after a knife attack on campus. NBC 7’s Rory Devine reports.

Students and employees at UC San Diego are on high alert after a knife attack on campus. NBC 7’s Rory Devine reports.

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UC San Diego police issued an alert after a man attacked a student with a knife on campus Monday night.

According to officials, a student was attacked from behind and cut in the neck area by an unknown suspect. The student was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released.

The assault happened around 7:15 p.m. outside Center Hall on Library Walk, right off Gilman Drive. San Diego Police and Fire-Rescue responded to the scene.

Students received email, text and phone alerts, and helicopters were seen circling overhead in search of the suspect.

A university spokesperson said the attack was reported about 30 minutes after it happened and appears to be random.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 50s, approximately 5-feet-4 with a thin build and a white beard. He was last seen wearing gray and white camouflage, according to school officials.

Anyone with information can call UC San Diego campus police at 858-534-4357.

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