UNC student assaulted on North Street in Chapel Hill

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Police search for man who attacked a UNC student from behind.

Chapel Hill Police are searching for a man who attacked a University of North Carolina student as she walked near campus early Thursday morning.

It happened around 2 a.m. as the student was walking west on North Street by Martin Luther King Boulevard.

A number of students live in the neighborhood.

"It really surprised me," said UNC student Adam Miller.

"You see this happening other places, I didn't think near me," said UNC student Alie Wheeler.

The 21-year-old victim did fight back against her attacker. A passerby saw the struggle, stepped in to help, and called 911.

"That's really scary. I think right after it happened I was like 'I think I'm going to CVS or something and buy pepper spray today,'" Casey Long said.

The man ran away after the attack, and police haven't been able to find him.

There were no reports of a weapon.

The attacker is described only as a black man wearing dark clothes, a flat-bill cap, and a letterman-style jacket.

If anyone has information that might help the investigation, police ask them to call 911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls to CrimeStoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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