A man assaulted a 19-year-old UCSB student with a knife early Wednesday morning in the parking lot near Harder Stadium, campus police said.

According to the University of California Police Dept., the student was leaving her car in Lot 38 at approximately 1:30 a.m. when the man grabbed her from behind and threatened to kill her. The student told police she was able to escape to her car after fighting off the suspect. She was not seriously injured and did not require medical treatment.

Police said the suspect was described as a thin, light-skinned white male with wavy hair, a “shadow” beard and hairy arms. The suspect was wearing dark clothing and was approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, police said.

Students with information should call UCPD Detective Sgt. Mark Vellekamp at 893-2587.

The unpaved Lot 38 is the farthest lot from the campus, located between Harder Stadium and Storke Field. The UCPD encouraged students who park in Lot 38 after dark to walk to and from the lot with a friend.

Community Service Organization escorts can also be requested by calling 893-2000.

-Nexus Staff Report