L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Campus attacks at UCLA prompt warning to female students

Police at UCLA are warning female students to be extra vigilant after a man tried to rape a woman on campus when she was making a cellphone call outside a residence hall.

The attack follows several other incidents in which female students have been grabbed or accosted. But UCLA police say that the attempted rape does not appear to be related to those recent sexual batteries, based on the victim’s description of the attacker.

The attempted rape occurred about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when a female student outside the Covel Commons building was grabbed and taken to a more isolated location, the university police department said. The attacker then threw the woman to the ground and straddled her, UCLA police said.

For some reason, the attacker stopped the assault and walked away. The woman was scratched during the attack.

The suspect is described as Latino, 20 to 30 years old, and unshaven. He was wearing a baggy black hoodie and baggy black pants, police said.

On March 26, a sexual battery occurred at Westwood Plaza and Young Drive South about 6:25 p.m. when a female student reported a man grabbed her crotch.

A similar attacked occurred March 8 in the Structure 9 parking garage. The suspect in that attack was described as a 40- to 50-year-old Latino, 5-feet-5 to 5-feet-6 in height.

On March 5, another woman affiliated with the university was knocked to the ground on Hilgard Avenue in an attempted sexual assault. The suspect was described as an Asian man about 25 years old with short black hair, medium build, medium complexion and wearing a white T-shirt, khaki shorts and white sneakers.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to call detectives at (310) 825-9371.

-- Richard Winton

More breaking news in L.A. Now:

Search resumes for missing man in San Gabriel Mountains

31 charged in federal methamphetamine investigation

Overturned big rig tangles traffic on 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock

Police rethinking rabbit costume traffic stings after criticism

 
Comments () | Archives (3)

Another gift of affirmative action.

James: but the last guy is asian

There is no affirmative action at ucla.


Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: