State College police investigate assault

State College police are investigating an assault that occurred early Saturday morning.

A female Penn State student said she was walking alone near Hetzel Street and Foster Avenue at about 1:40 a.m. when she was grabbed from behind, police said. The man picked her up but dropped her when she screamed.

Another student tackled the man as he fled but was unable to hold him in the area.

The man is described as black, heavy set, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 220 pounds with curly hair past his ears. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with lettering on the front, jeans and Timberland boots.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact State College police at 234-7150, by email or submit an anonymous tip online.