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Man in Wetsuit Sexually Assaults Santa Monica College Student

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Authorities in Santa Monica are searching for a suspect who attacked a Santa Monica College student Thursday night. The attacker, a white male in his late 20s, was clad in what the victim said was a black wetsuit that covered him from neck to ankles.

The assault took place at around 10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Pearl Street, near the SMC campus. "The attacker struck the woman, knocked her to the ground and held her there while he assaulted her, according to police," reports the Santa Monica Daily Press.

The suspect is described as being between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, 140 to 150 pounds, and having short, curly blonde hair.

Local residents say they are surprised that an attack like Thursday night's took place in their safe neighborhood.