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Suspect sought in rape on campus

STANFORD -- Police are seeking a rapist who struck on the Stanford University campus Sunday evening, July 10, in a heavily wooded area off Palm Drive.

The victim, a 23-year-old woman married to a Stanford graduate student, reported she was attacked from behind about 5:50 p.m. while walking back to her Palo Alto residence after attending services at Memorial Church.

The suspect was described as a man about 5-foot-10 and about 30 years old. The woman said the assault lasted about two minutes. The rapist fled, the woman said, after hearing nearby voices.

The rape occurred in daylight but in the wooded area. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the attack or noticed suspicious activity in the area to call the investigating officer, Sgt. John McMullen, at (415) 723-9633.

The victim walked home, then was driven by her husband to the Stanford police station to report the rape. She then was treated and released at Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

The rape was the first non-acquaintance rape reported at Stanford since 1990, when a man known as the "Foothill Rapist" was the main suspect in a series of assaults. The man police believed to be that rapist committed suicide before the case was positively solved.



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