Rutgers Student Carjacked, Assaulted

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Rutgers Student Carjacked, Assaulted Police in Camden, N.J., are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a Rutgers University student.

The 19-year-old victim was carjacked and taken to an isolated area where the attack took place.

The incident started on Pearl Street in Camden Monday afternoon at 2:45 p.m.

Police said a man forced the student at knifepoint into the woman's care that was parked on campus. He allegedly drove around before he sexually the woman and then kicked her out of the car.

The victim managed to flag down a police officer. She was taken to Cooper Medical Center where she was treated and released.

The woman's car was found a short while later not far from where she was carjacked.

"My friend called me last night and said, be careful when you go to school," said Danielle DiBlasio, a Rutgers student.

Danielle was so upset about the carjacking and sexual assault of a fellow student she couldn't hold back the tears Tuesday, and she doesn't even know the victim.

"I look around to see if anyone seems suspicious," DiBlasio said.

The incident sent shock waves through the campus on the heels of a still unsolved abduction and sexual assault on a high school student a few blocks away as the girl walked to school earlier this month.

One student showed NBC 10 that she is serious about protecting herself.

"I carry a knife. (Safety) is my main concern when I walk to my car every day," said Erin Longyard.

University officials said that they have extra police patrolling the campus. They will hold a meeting on campus sometime next week to solicit ways to make the campus safer.

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