The 35-year-old international student was waiting on the ride on campus at Cass and Putnam at 9:30 Monday night and she thought the van that pulled up next to her was her ride, so she opened the door. It wasn't her Uber.
When she opened the dark colored minivan, there were three men inside and that's when one of them tried to pull her in. Fortunately she was able to wrestle herself free and call police. The victim's identity was not released and a further description of the vehicle was not available.
In the wake of the attempted abduction, Katie Stevenson is reminding her her fellow students to be aware of what's going on around them.
"I've been here at night and it's very important just to make sure you're safe, you're with someone, keep your cell phone with you because you can't be protected enough when you're by yourself. Always be aware of your surroundings," Stevenson said.
Don't be on your phone when you're walking, stay alert, and I think that's in any situation and not just in Detroit or at Wayne State," Haleigh Josephson told FOX 2.
If that cell phone isn't charged, there are phones on campus. For Sydney Newman, that system is part of what helps her feel safe.
"There's a blue light system that they have which is really safe so, I mean Wayne State makes me feel safe but to know it would happen right here that is very scary to me, very scary." Newman said.