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Two UF students attacked in dorm room

A man sexually assaulted two University of Florida students in their dorm room Wednesday after forcing his way through a door and threatening them with a toy gun, police said.

The man, who had not been caught Wednesday night, slipped through a dormitory security door as the 18- and 19-year-old women entered their building, said university police spokeswoman Angie Tipton.

When they realized he was following them, they attempted to shut the another security door behind them. But he forced his way past and pursued them to their room, Tipton said.

The students told police the man threatened them with what turned out to be a toy gun. During the assault, the 19-year-old wrestled the phony weapon away, then escaped to notify police.

The 18-year-old said the man took off immediately after her roommate escaped, police said.

The Rape Victim Advocate's Office was contacted by university police and the department's sexual assault investigative unit to assist and counsel the victims.

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