OSHKOSH - The new school year is just beginning at UW-Oshkosh and police are already warning students about safety.
That's because there have already been reports of two attempted assaults near campus.
Oshkosh police say a man followed a 19-year-old woman as she walked to her Woodland Avenue home early Monday morning.
“She made it to her residence; the male actually came up and grabbed her. She was able to fight her away from him, physically pushing him away, and was able to get back into her residence,” said Officer Joe Nichols, Oshkosh Police Department.
Police say early Tuesday morning, a 20-year-old woman was followed home near the college neighborhood on Jackson Street.
“He attempted to grab her, but could not physically put his hands on her. He noticed that she had already called 911,” said Nichols.
Police say they are looking for a black man in his 20s. He was wearing khaki shorts, a light-colored shirt and a baseball cap.
Police say no one was injured. Officers say the two incidents are related.
“Both the victims' information sounded like it was the same person,” said Nichols.
UW-Oshkosh is set to welcome back more than 13,000 students for the upcoming year. That starts on Wednesday. When it comes to security, the campus police chief says there are ways students can help themselves.
“Walk in groups, especially at night time. Utilizing our blue light phones, our safety phones here on campus, to contact the police department if you have something to report. And utilize our safe-walk program,” said UW-Oshkosh Police Chief Joseph LeMire.
Chief LeMire says campus officers are on pace to provide 600 escorts this year to students in a five block radius of campus.
“I don't walk around at night very much, if I do, I usually go with somebody,” said UW-Oshkosh junior Sally Corbett.
“It's safer that way, to walk in a group. Someone's not going to be, it's not as easy to approach someone if they're with other people,” said UW-Oshkosh senior Becky Rueckl.
Campus police have confirmed only one of the women is a UW-Oshkosh student.
If you have any information about either incident, Oshkosh police would like you to call 236-5700.
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