A University of Winnipeg student says she had to fight to get out of a vehicle after being attacked and pulled into a car in broad daylight on a walkway near the campus Monday afternoon.
In a statement to the campus community Tuesday afternoon, the university said the student was walking on the Green Corridor near Langside Street at about 1:30 p.m., when she said a green Honda pulled up beside her "and she was grabbed and pulled into the car."
"She fought and was able to escape, however, her backpack and jacket were stolen," the statement said.
The university said the car was last seen heading north on Langside toward Ellice Avenue.
The student has filed a police report. The university did not indicate whether she was injured.
Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Jay Murray said the investigation is still in the preliminary stages and officers need more information.
"The exact location of the incident has not been able to be determined by investigators," he said.
Murray said the victim reported the incident almost 24 hours after it happened.
Chris Minaker, the university's senior executive officer, said in a statement the school has reached out to the student and is offering support through student services.
"The safety of all our students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus is of paramount importance to us," he said, noting that since November the university has raised the number of security patrols and also increased its guard complement by one-third during day and evening hours.
Minaker also said the university has just received a campus safety audit it initiated last year and will review it "to determine institutional priorities and next steps to be taken in the coming months.
"We continue to liaise with senior staff at both the Province of Manitoba and Winnipeg Police Service to discuss security issues and resources required."
Laura Elsie Garinger, president of the University of Winnipeg Students' Association, said she meets monthly with the head of the university's security department about safety issues on and around the campus.
"Obviously, this is a huge concern for us," she said. "The UWSA has offered a safe-walk service to students in the evening during its fall and winter terms."
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