A Vanderbilt University student was nearly kidnapped, she told police, as she was walking near 21st Avenue South and Grand Avenue on Sunday night.

The Vanderbilt University Police Department said the woman called Sunday night to report that after she left a building, a man appeared from a nearby parking lot and began yelling after her.

The student told police the man called out to her, saying, “Come here, I want to talk to you,” but she kept walking and ignored him. A moment later, she said he ran up from behind her and picked her up.

After a struggle, she told police, she broke free and fled before calling police.

Vanderbilt police put out a description of the man, who they said is between 20 and 30 years old, between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-4 and is thin. The man was wearing a long-sleeve flannel shirt and dark jeans, they said.

Vanderbilt police are investigating. In the meantime, they’ve put out a safety reminder for Vanderbilt students.

Avoid isolated or dark areas.

If a stranger does approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.

Never get in a car with a stranger.

Stay alert. If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.

Report any suspicious persons to VUPD. Be prepared to describe the person as best as you can.

The police department also provided a list of relevant campus resources, including its own 24-hour line at 615-421-1911, or 615-322-2745 for non-emergency assistance.

The Project Safe Center offers a hotline for people who are victims of gender or sexual harassment, sexual assault, partner violence, stalking or more at 615-322-7233, and the school’s Title IX office can be reached at 615-343-9004.

The University Counseling Center can be reached at 615-322-2571.

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