A SUNY New Paltz student faces charges after police say he sexually assaulted another student. YNN's Michael Howard was in court when Christian Ynfante went before a judge in New Paltz.
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- University police are calling this a random attack, but they say both the victim and the suspect are students at SUNY New Paltz.
"There were these girls that were screaming 'get off her, get off her' and we came over here and the girl was on the ground," said Chole Brittenham.
Brittenham says she saw it all happen, an attack just feet from SUNY New Paltz campus. She says she saw a man run up behind a woman, cover her mouth and take her to the ground behind a row of bushes. Britterman immediately went for help.
"I've never heard anything like it. It was a blood curdling scream," Brittenham said.
"There were some eyewitnesses who were able to maintain a suspect description and they found out the suspect was last seen running on to the campus," said Town of New Paltz Detective Robert Lucchesi.
The victim of the attack was able to get away. Campus police chased Bronx native and SUNY New Paltz student Christian Ynfante and eventually arrested him. University police sent out an email alert about the attack to students and faculty at the school and are advising students to always take precautions, especially at night.
"Walking with friends, walking in well lit areas, making sure you have an active cell phone with you," said University Police Chief David Dugatkin.
Brittenham said, "It's pretty scary that it actually does happen in New Paltz"
As for the victim, police say she did not have any serious injuries. Ynfante pleaded not guilty to a number of charges.