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Ski mask-wearing suspect tries to rob BU student in Brookline

Brookline police are trying to identify a man who attempted to rob a female Boston University student as she was walking alone in Brookline Sunday, police said today.

The victim reported that a man wearing a ski mask and gloves came up behind her and grabbed her in a bear hug as she walked along Amory Street at about 10 p.m.

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The suspect hit her in the face after she began to scream, Brookline police said.

He fled when dog walkers in Knyvet Park came to investigate the screams, police said. The man ran around the corner onto Thatcher Street, where he got into an parked SUV with a dent on the driver’s side and drove off. Police said the man drove the car toward St. Paul Street.

Nothing was stolen from the victim, police said.

The suspect was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing baggy blue jeans and a black sweatshirt with the hood up, police said.

The crime is being investigated by Brookline police. Police urged anyone with information on the suspect to call detectives at 617-730-2222.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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