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04/02/2016 18:39 EDT | Updated 04/03/2017 01:12 EDT

UBC warns students after man attempts to break into residence lounge

VANCOUVER — The University of British Columbia is warning students after a man attempted to break in to a residence lounge where a female resident was studying.

An email sent to the campus community says the incident occurred Friday at 2 a.m. outside the Marine Drive Building 5 lounge, where a male was seen pressing himself against the exterior window.

The man tried to enter the building but was unsuccessful, and the female resident fled.

The email says RCMP and campus security were called and arrived quickly, but were unable to apprehend the suspect.

Managing director of student housing and hospitality services Andrew Parr says it's unclear whether the incident is connected to a recent series of "night prowler events" where a man was seen lurking in bathrooms and bedrooms at UBC residences.

Police have said the night prowler incidents may be connected to the violent sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman on campus last week.

The Canadian Press