A female student at IUPUI told police a man assaulted her and tried to steal her cell phone Monday night.
The woman told officers she was talking to a friend outside the Informatics & Communications Complex at 535 W. Michigan Street around 9 p.m. when a man asked if she was leaving. She told the man "no," but then left the building several minutes later.
The woman said as she walked about 20 feet from the building, she saw the same man, who then ran at her, struck her with his shoulder and tried to grab her phone. The woman pulled away, ran, and hid behind a bush.
The suspect then got into a dark-colored Honda in a campus parking lot, which was being driven by another man. After circling the lot a several times, the woman said the suspect got out of the car and appeared to be looking for her. He then got back into the vehicle, which left the scene to the southeast.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male with a thin build and an unshaven, light beard.
The victim was not injured and no weapon was displayed.
Police are reminding everyone that cell phone thefts are on the rise, as thieves can make quick money from the sale of the expensive phones.
Anyone with information on this crime or any other crimes occurring at IUPUI is asked to call the IU Police Department at 317-274-7911 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).