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A woman said she was followed by a man who matched the description of the UF assault suspect near the Hub early Sunday, setting off a string of UF alerts at about 1 a.m.

Gainesville Police responded after receiving a call from the woman’s friend who reported the incident. 

Police said the female was intoxicated when she told officers she was cutting through campus after an off-campus party and noticed a 6-foot white male following her.

When she tried to walk faster, she said the man picked up his pace. 

The man never caught up or made contact with her, according to a joint release from GPD and University Police.

Once she crossed campus and made it home, the woman told officers she locked herself inside and called her friend.

When officers arrived at the location, they said the woman’s story changed several times.

Police did not locate the man.

Victoria Alsina, 18, lives in Rawlings Hall and said she has been more careful since the attacks began Aug. 30. 

The advertising freshman purchased pepper spray and said she uses Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol or walks in groups after dusk.

“At night, I definitely am more paranoid,” she said, “but I usually don’t go out alone.”

[A version of this story ran on page 1 on 9/29/2014]

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