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A Tufts University student was punched in the face early today after being approached by a group of three men as he walked along Dearborn Road in Somerville, according to Tufts University Police.

At around 1 a.m., the student told police, he was walking on the road, near College Avenue, when three men approached. One of them punched the student in the face, according to police, and the student fled.

Tufts police notified Somerville and Medford police, and officers searched for the three men, but did not find them.

The man who allegedly punched the student is described as a white man with a heavy-set build in his early 20s wearing a red shirt and baseball hat. The second man was a slim, bearded olive-skinned man in his late 20s wearing a gray shirt. No description was given for the third man.

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Tufts police warned students to be aware of their surroundings, call police if they feel they are being followed, report suspicious persons or circumstances to police, use the campus safety escort service, and program the Tufts police phone number into their cellphones.

The safety escort service can be reached by calling Tufts police at 617-627-3030 from an off-campus phone, or from a campus phone at X-73030. Police are asking anyone with information about the attack to call.


Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @evanmallen.