A woman’s face was cut by an unknown assailant Tuesday afternoon as she was walking on Liberty Street, according to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

The woman, who is in her early 20’s, said she was walking down the street wearing headphones and was unaware if her attacker addressed her before cutting her face.

AAPD Sheriff Patrick Ouellette said the woman was walking from Angell Hall to Starbucks, and was attacked after leaving the cafe while headed eastbound on Liberty Street towards the Michigan Theatre. He could not confirm whether the woman is a University of Michigan student.

“She was walking up the sidewalk when the subject came up from behind her and scratched her left cheek with a safety pin he was holding in his hand,” Ouellette said.

The suspect then ran out towards State Street. He was described as a white male in his 40s wearing a black baseball cap and a dark colored hoodie with dark sweatpants. He could not confirm a motive.

“There was no conversation between the victim and the suspect, so it was unknown why he came up to her,” Ouellette said. “Why he did this, we don’t know.”

He added that the victim’s injuries were minimal, and the superficial wound over her cheek didn’t require stitches.

Ouellette said AAPD will pass the case on to their detective division to follow up on the case. 

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