Police are warning University of Washington students to be on the lookout after an assault and attempted robbery on the Burke Gilman Trail.

Every student received notification from the school, detailed what happened on the trail just west of Brooklyn Ave. NE around 8:45 Monday night.

Police say a young man, who is a UW student, was grabbed from behind. The suspect demanded his backpack and his cell phone but the victim refused. That's when police say the man punched the victim in the face three or for times with what appeared to be brass knuckles. The victim was treated for cuts to his face and forehead, but the suspect got away.

The crime happened along a stretch of the trail, that is busy even at night. Student apartments border the trail but at night it can be especially dark.

Allesandra Farno was walking home alone minutes after the attack: I think, yeah, I'm a little more concerned now about walking on the Burke.

I'm probably not going to come back from the library so late by myself, said UW sophomore Kelsey Brewster.

The victim was treated for some cuts to his face and forehead, he's going to be ok. Police say the suspect got away, but left the backpack and the cellphone behind. He's described as a white man, 5'10, about 160 pounds wearing a blue cap or beanie.

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