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Female student chases man from women's bathroom at Cypress College

February 16, 2012 |  5:24 pm

Cypress College suspect
Police were looking Thursday for a man who was chased by a female student after he apparently tried to use a cellphone to take photos or video footage of her in a bathroom at Cypress College.

The woman was using the bathroom shortly after 3 p.m. Monday when she saw a hand come from underneath the divider stall and realized that it was holding a cellphone, the Cypress Police Department said.

Believing that she was being recorded, the student yelled and left the stall. She saw the man leave the stall next to her, police said. He fled the bathroom, running north across the campus with the woman in pursuit.

"She was calling us on the phone as she's running after the guy," Officer Paulo Morales told The Times. "She had her wits about her."

He said officers were able to respond quickly to the area because the woman was calling during the chase. But the suspect jumped a wall and made it to busy Lincoln Avenue and got away.

The man was described as Latino, 20 to 25 years old and about 200 pounds. He was wearing a red-collared shirt, black pants and a black sweatshirt with a hood, and was carrying a black backpack.

The man was not wearing the hood, police said, and the woman said he had dark colored hair with the sides of his head shaved.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (714) 229-6600.


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Photo: Surveillance footage of a man described by police as a suspect at Cypress College. Credit: Cypress Police Department