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UCLA police warn women after attempted rape

Police at UCLA are warning female students to be extra vigilant after a man tried to rape a woman on campus.

The attempted rape occurred Wednesday about 3:30 a.m. as a female student walked to her resident hall, the university Police Department said. The woman was grabbed and taken to a more isolated location. The attacker threw the woman to the ground and straddled her, UCLA police said.

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

Police said the attack did not appear to be related to campus sexual batteries reported earlier this month.

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

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

-- Robert J. Lopez
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Latino..hooded and wearing all black..hmm, sounds familiar.

This sounds terrible, but this prob happens on USC's campus on a weekly basis.

Probably an SC grad

That's sad when creeps lurk around campus waiting to attack vulnerable female students. Thank God she only came out with a scatch!

Wow, criminals attack people in places they know they won't be armed and able to defend themselves (gun free campuses).

Headline I'd like to see:

Armed UCLA student thwarts attempted attack, holding suspect at gun point until police arrive.

Seems like a much better outcome all around.

most attacks "go to the ground" - contact me directly to learn how to develop situational awareness and properly react in any self defense scenario.

Always seems to be a Latino, 20 to 30 years old and unshaven

I just think it's neat that the assailant's hoodie was "baggie" but his pants were "baggy."

I am female and work at UCLA and this is the first I've heard of this, so I'm not sure where and when police are warning anyone...

way to stereotype eric ... don't forget other races attempt to rape women too

God really sent Angels to protect that female student. Next time, don't risk herself again. No place is safe now.

do cops have like ten sentences in their heads at any given time?

"be extra vigilant", ladies?

what does that even mean? so i'm supposed to already be in this state of vigilance since there were "unrelated assaults" earlier in the month, after which the police warned female students to "be aware" and "be vigilant" but now--NOW i should be EXTRA vigilant!


Glad it didn't happen, but why was she walking around alone at 3:30 AM???

Scary!!! I remember being afraid when I would go into the underground parking lots at UCLA. Nothing ever happened though. I have friends who went to SC and were mugged at gunpoint several times. SC is way worse.

Honestly don't these girls know any better? Its LA for goodness sakes. Oh I'm a stupid girl walking by myself in the middle of the night. Dum dee dee dum dee dee. Its like carrying bloody red meat and walking by pack of hungry hyenas.

"Baggie" hoodie and "baggy" pants? Where the heck are your copy editors and proofreaders????

Probably a USC grad? really kids grow up. Funny how more crime incidents occur at UCLA than USC. Go look at the statistics.

Probably a USC grad? really kids grow up. Funny how more crime incidents occur at UCLA than USC. Go look at the statistics.

USC's campus is compact, gated, and heavily policed. UCLA's campus is sprawling, open, and prone to being walked upon by uninvited strangers--they should increase policing.

It doesn't, Joe.

I think most universities have had unfortunate incidents when women, or just people in general, get caught walking alone late at night, and are vulnerable targets for creeps. Not just USC. Predators don't exist solely in urban/inner-city settings.

Rather than make an irresponsible and foolish attempt to spark this whole USC-UCLA business, I'd just like to advise everyone, especially women, to never go out alone at night, anywhere, if they don't have to.

Really a USC grad? Are you like 15 years old? Look at the statistics. More crime occurs on and around UCLA than it does at USC.

I feel awful about this situation. People should take advantage of the free service offered to students to have an officer escort. We live in a time where we can not be ignorant about thinking about the worst case scenario.

Seriously, I think we shouldn't fully expect that cops and security will always be around. I think each student should take it to themselves to make sure they are aware, and that they know basic self defense to save their lives.

I know in L.A. there are A LOT of self defense classes, any search on google for "free self defense los angeles" already gives 2 results for free self defense classes in Los Angeles.

Definitely worth looking into

Sure, maybe more crime occurs on UCLA campus than USC campus, but what about AROUND the school?


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