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Woman wearing head scarf attacked at San Jose State

A woman in a head scarf was attacked at a San Jose State University parking garage on Wednesday afternoon, school officials said.

The victim was walking on the third floor of the West Garage at South Fourth and East San Salvador streets around 2:10 p.m., when the suspect came up from behind her and tugged down her head scarf, school officials said in a campus alert.

The suspect choked the victim, who lost her balance from the impact of the attack, then ran away, school officials said.

The suspect was described as a fair-skinned male who wore a dark-colored hoodie and khaki pants, according to school officials.

“We are, of course, very concerned that this has occurred on our campus,” university spokeswoman Pat Lopes Harris said in a statement today.

“No one should experience this kind of behavior at San Jose State,” she said.

No arrests have been made as of this morning in the attack, which remains under investigation, Harris said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call university police at (408) 924-2222. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the department’s CrimeStoppers line at (408) 924-2236 or send an email to


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