Students at Southwestern University in Georgetown have been put on high alert after an Austin woman told police she escaped from an attempted kidnapping near the campus.
At around 7:00 p.m. Monday night, a 27-year-old woman reported to authorities that she was carjacked and then kidnapped in North Austin. She claimed the assailant poured bleach on her, locked her in the trunk of her car and then drove her to an area near HWY 29 and Smithcreek Road. The victim said she was able to escape after the car was left on the side of the road just east of the Southwestern University campus.
The woman told authorities that before she ended up in the car trunk, she was taken to a house and sexually assaulted.
According to Southwestern University, officials are searching for the suspect, said to be a black man on foot, with a star tattoo on his face.
With the alleged kidnapper still at large, Southwestern University officials placed the campus on lockdown Monday night due to safety reasons. Classes resumed as scheduled Tuesday morning.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact police.