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Police looking for man who allegedly raped William & Mary student

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Williamsburg Police are searching for a man who raped a woman a mile away from the campus of William and Mary Tuesday night.

The woman says she left her apartment on Sterling Manor Drive around 6:15 p.m. to walk to the Food Lion on Middle Street. She says a man across the street by the parking garage asked her something, then began walking toward her. When she grabbed her phone, she says the man pulled out a small pocket knife and told her he would stab her if she screamed.

The man then reportedly forced her down a path between the pond and the New Hope apartments. When the woman yelled for help, the man hit her in the face and then raped her, she told police.

Officers headed to the area for a report of an armed suspect, found the woman on the path with a bloody lip and several small cuts or scratches to her upper right thigh.

 "It like could have been any of us," says Molly Ross, a William and Mary student who just graduated.  The victim lives in the same apartment complex as Ross.  In fact many students live here.  "We're all here, we're Tribe, we're family. And if one of our own gets hurt we're going to be there and support them no matter what."

Many people are now more cautious, including the family of high school student Kiara Tyler.  Her mother has given her a new curfew.  "My neighbor is telling me to be careful when I'm walking, don't walk at night by myself," she said.

The victim described the suspect as a black male, in his mid-20s with untrimmed facial hair, approximately 6`2" and 200-230 pounds. He was wearing dark jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt, along with a dark colored winter cap on his head. 

Administrators with the university sent out a campus alert the night the alleged rape was reported.  Part of it reads, "I know you share my sadness that one of our students was the victim of such a horrible crime. Please keep her in your thoughts and know we are making sure she has access to all of our available resources and support services."

The woman was taken to Riverside Hospital in Newport News for her injuries.

If you can help police in their investigation call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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