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Wellesley Student Attacked at MIT

By Yaron Koren
and David D. Hsu
staff reporters

A Wellesley College student was assaulted by an unidentified female near McCormick Hall while waiting for the Wellesley bus early Sunday morning.

The victim "showed no visible signs of injury" after the assault and refused medical treatment, Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin said. Wellesley College Police declined to release the name of the victim.

The victim described the assailant as a black female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, approximately 21 years old, of thin build, and wearing a sweatshirt and jeans.

The victim was leaning against a car on Amherst Street along with another Wellesley student at approximately 1:25 a.m. on Sunday.

Four females, including the assailant, approached the car. The assailant asked the victim why she was leaning on the car.

When the victim stepped away from the car, the assailant grabbed and punched her.

The assailant and her three companions then jumped into a red car with a Massachusetts license plate and drove away toward Massachusetts Avenue, Glavin said. The police report was unclear as to whether this car was the same one which sparked the conflict, she said.

A dormitory night watch worker called the Campus Police who arrived within minutes, Glavin said.

The victim and her friend took the bus back to Wellesley, with Campus Police officers standing by the stop, she said.

The Campus Police are still following up on the investigation, interviewing the victim, and searching for witnesses, Glavin said. However, there is "no information that there were any witnesses."

Wellesley College Police Chief Frank Urbano said the case appeared to him "to be a random incident."

Glavin said "we have no reason at the moment to believe that the Wellesley bus or people waiting for the bus are targets."