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Police: Man wielding a sharp object attempts to abduct a woman on Kent State University's campus

Man attempts to abduct woman at Kent State
Man attempts to abduct woman at Kent State
Man attempts to abduct woman at Kent State
Posted at 12:57 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 17:52:08-04

Kent State police are asking for the public's help after a man attempted to abduct a woman early Sunday morning.

Police said around 2:25 a.m., a man dressed in dark clothes approached a woman on a walkway near the Arch at South Willow and East College Street.

The man had what appeared to be a knife or another sharp object at his side, the report said. The man told the woman to come with her, but she ran off and he fled in the opposite direction.

Kent State University released the following statement:

We continue to keep safety as a top priority. Kent State Police patrol our campus 24 hours a day through vehicle, foot and bicycle patrol. There are more than 30 blue light phones stationed across campus in parking lots and along sidewalks that connect immediately with campus police. In addition, a safety escort service is available by calling 330-672-7004. For more information about campus safety, visit us here.

No injuries were reported.

Fall classes are scheduled to begin August 23. As students return, Officer Tricia Knoles stressed safety will continue to be the top priority for campus police.

50 blue light phones are on campus. The phones connect directly to police with the push of a button. The blue lights are GPS monitored so officers know exactly where the calls come from.

There are also many cameras positioned around campus. Police are now reviewing the video footage from cameras in the walkway area with the hope of identifying the man with the knife.

Anyone with information should contact Kent State Police at 330-672-2212.