CORVALLIS - An Oregon State University student was robbed of a small amount of cash Monday night by an unidentified male while walking near the southeast corner of Benton Hall.

The Oregon State Police, who are investigating the incident, said the suspect ran away leaving the victim's wallet and jewelry in a nearby dumpster. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, was not injured.

OSP officials describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, 20 to 25 years old, with light facial growth of a beard. He was wearing a black baseball cap (possibly with a sports logo), a black jacket and blue jeans, possibly "painter-style" pants.

The incident took place a few minutes before midnight. Oregon State Police officials are asking anyone who may have witnessed the event to call OSP at 737-3010. During the robbery, a woman carrying an umbrella walked by, and a late-model red Honda drove through the area, said Lt. Jack Rogers.

OSP and the university's Security Services put out a campus safety alert on Tuesday.

"It's a good idea to always walk with a friend when it's late, whether on campus or at a mall in Salem or Portland," Rogers said.

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Lt. Jack Rogers, 541-737-3010