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Gonzaga Student Attacked Near Campus

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

SPOKANE, Wash. - Early Sunday, a Gonzaga student told police she had been attacked on the 400 block of East Mission near the Gonzaga campus.

According to police, the student was punched while attending a party in the area between midnight and one in the morning by another woman.  Mission is a street many students use to walk, to and from class. A Gonzaga Senior told us she walks along the road on a daily basis and does not always feel safe in the neighborhood at night.

"It is a little unnerving at night," said Gonzaga Senior Katy Lane. "When it's dark, I don't feel super safe, but, you know, it's not too bad. I definitely feel nervous sometimes at night."

Sunday morning, a Gonzaga student told police she was approached by a man and woman while walking with two other students in an alley, north of East Mission. The student says both the man and woman were wearing red "hoodie" sweatshirts and had their faces painted like skeletons. The woman then punched one of the students and threw her to the ground, hitting her repeatedly.

According to a security email sent to students, the woman demanded money during the assault from the student, so she handed over her purse to the other man. The suspect then went through her purse, but left it at the scene.

The other students who were with the victim at the time, tried to stop the attack, but could not. After the assault, both the man and woman ran east through an alley toward Astor Street. The suspects are described to be of average height and build.

Other students say they take extra steps to stay safe when walking through that area at night.

"I make sure I'm always walking with a couple people and we try to stay on the main streets and just walk quickly," Lane said.

As a reminder, if you do have to walk at night, police say you should walk in groups, especially after dark. Police also recommend using well-lit busy streets, be aware of your surroundings, and avoid secluded areas like alleyways.

For Gonzaga students, there is also a service called Saferide that they can call to be picked up and driven home from locations off campus. Students can also call for a security escort to walk them across campus.

If you have any information about Sunday morning's assault, you are asked to call crime check at 509-456-2233.

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