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Fairfield Police Hunting For Suspect In Sex Assault Near Sacred Heart University

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Fairfield police are asking the public for help in efforts to find a man accused of sexually assaulting a Sacred Heart University student at an off-campus home.

The woman told police that she was attacked at about 3 a.m. Monday at a house she shares with roommates, who weren’t home at the time.

Fairfield Police Hunting For Suspect In Sex Assault Near Sacred Heart University

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Fran Schneidau reports

The woman described the suspect as a stocky man in his 20s who is between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-6, authorities said. She said he spoke with a Spanish accent and has acne on his face, light-colored eyes and dark, spiky hair.

Police believe the man is from the area and that he knew which houses in the neighborhood are rented out to college students, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

“This individual is considered extremely dangerous given the nature of the crime and the boldness of it,” Lt. Jim Perez said.

It doesn’t appear the suspect knew the victim, police said. Sources told Schneidau the attacker gained entry to the house through an unlocked door.

Perez said no effort is being spared to find the woman’s attacker.

“We have a whole team of officers that are actually investigating this case,” Perez said. “We’ve enlisted the help of other agencies using their resources.”

Sacred Heart officials said they’re offering counseling and support to the woman and her family.

Anyone with information is urged to call Fairfield police.

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