ORLANDO, Fla. – A woman who says she was attacked by a man in a University of Central Florida parking garage spoke exclusively to Local 6 Sunday.
UCF police reported that a man exposed himself to a woman before running off Saturday, but the alleged victim said the man touched himself and got so close she had to fight him off.
"Thank God he didn't touch me or anything and he didn't try to hold me down, but he did try to get closer and I just looked up at him and just started yelling and pushing. I started pushing him," she said.
The out-of-town college student said she was visiting the campus to watch a friend in a track meet. She went to her friend's car in parking garage D to get something when the man approached from behind.
Local 6 asked a police spokeswoman why the department only reported an indecent exposure and got the following response via e-mail:
"We put a timely alert so that the UCF community could be on the lookout for the suspect and the vehicle," said Courtney Gilmartin.
The woman told Local 6 that police said it was unlikely any surveillance cameras caught the man's actions. She said that makes her uneasy, knowing that police have less to go on in tracking him down.
She's joining hundreds in the UCF community that have signed a petition calling for more security cameras on campus, specifically in parking garages.
"It's just common sense. You would think it would just be common sense to have cameras in a parking garage," the woman said.
Police said the attacker is still on the loose. He was described as a white male in his 20s with brown hair. He was last seen driving a blue van, according to the woman, with a handicapped tag hanging on the rear-view mirror.