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Woman sexually assaulted in Howard University classroom

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D.C. police are searching for a suspect after a sexual assault at Howard University.

Officials say a young woman was grabbed from behind as she walked near the School of Business. Sources tell FOX 5 a man then dragged her inside the building and raped her in a classroom. It happened around 8 a.m. Monday.

A spokesperson for Howard University would only say the victim was there for a non-university sponsored program.

Herb Tillery, Executive Director of the College Success Foundation, would neither confirm nor deny that the young woman was attending that program, but participants received a letter informing them about the incident and listing general safety tips.

Tillery says he wants parents to know, "We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of these students while they are in our care."

The attack comes as the Howard University community is still mourning the loss of a 22-year-old student shot and killed just steps from the university entrance earlier this month. Police say the sexual assault does not appear to be related to the July 4th murder of Omar Sykes.

Police say the suspect is described as a black male, with a dark complexion, 6'0" in height, slim to medium build, 18-20 years old and last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black and white shorts (possibly swim shorts).

Anyone with information that can assist in the identification of this subject is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department's TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department is currently offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this offense.


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