CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- UNC Charlotte Police are warning women about a sexual assault that happened on campus Wednesday afternoon. The attacker is still on the loose.
Officers said a man followed a woman into a first floor bathroom of the Fretwell Building and sexually assaulted her around 5 p.m. Wednesday. He did not have a weapon.
The victim told police that her attacker was a white man in his mid 20's and about 5'10". He was wearing a grey hooded UNCC sweatshirt, and he smelled like smoke.
"This is something that is of the most concern to our entire community," said UNCC Police Chief Jeffrey Baker.
Baker said that all signs point to this as a very rare and isolated incident.
"We're vigorously investigating this case and putting a lot of effort and resources and working closely in concert with CMPD," added Baker.
The university alerted students about the report via emails and text messages. While the news of the alleged incident has some students concerned, most say they take precautions when it comes to their safety.
Most of those NBC Charlotte spoke with say they take measures to ensure their safety, but they will be even more vigilant.
"I usually walk around with my friends or stay inside if it's really late at night," said sophomore Megan Wilson.
If you have any information that could help police find the suspect you're asked to call campus police at 704-687-2200 or 911.