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UF student fends off attack on dorm stairs

A man accused of attacking a University of Florida student in the stairwell of her residence hall over the weekend remained held on $50,000 bail Sunday.

Travis David Latner, 26, of Newberry was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery early Saturday morning and taken to the Alachua County jail. It could not be determined Sunday whether he had a lawyer.

The unidentified student returned to the dorm and heard someone knocking on an outside door, police said. She let in the man outside, mistakenly thinking she knew him.

She was beginning to climb a set of stairs when the man attacked her from behind, grabbing her throat, the police report said. She turned and punched him repeatedly in the stomach until he backed away. That's when she saw a small knife in his right hand, according to the report.

Police arrived shortly after the reported attack, and used the victim's description of her attacker to arrest Latner, who she positively identified, officials said.

_ Staff and wire reports