D.C. police are investigating an assault and robbery of a female Catholic University near the campus in Northeast Washington, school officials said.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, the student got out of her vehicle in the 700 block of Lawrence Street NE, and was approached from behind, grabbed by the neck and had her head slammed against the vehicle. The victim fell to the ground, the suspect snatcher her cell phone and car keys. The suspect entered the victim's vehicle, removed cash and her debit card.

The suspect was last seen running towards the Brookland/CUA Metro station.

The suspect was described as a black male; 5-foot-7; average build; mid-twenties; wearing a black sweatshirt, jean shorts, Timberland boots and gloves.

School officials sent a notice warning students, faculty and staff and visitors to stay alert, travel in groups and stick to well-lit and busy areas.