WESTWOOD—On March 31, at approximately 3:25 a.m., a female student at UCLA was assaulted; therefore, UCLA police have advised students to exercise precaution while an investigation ensues.
According to authorities, the victim was on her cell phone outside of the Covel Commons Building when a man, a Hispanic male between 20 and 30-years-old, forcefully took her to an isolated location and attempted to rape her. “The suspect forced the victim to a more isolated location where he forced her to the ground and straddled her. For unknown reasons the suspect suddenly ceased his assault and walked away,” states the criminal report.
The suspect was last seen wearing a black hoodie and baggy black pants. He is unshaven.
Other sexual assaults have occurred on the UCLA campus, but police have stated the crimes are unrelated.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact UCPD detectives at 310-825-9371. After hours call campus police dispatchers at 310-825-1491 reference report #10-0665.
UCLA PD has sent the following safety tips:
1. Do not walk alone at night. Walk in groups or with someone you trust
2. Always be aware of your surroundings
3. Walk in well lit areas
4. Program your cell phone with UCLA PD dispatch number (310) 825-1491.
5. Escort services are available on and around the campus between dusk and 1 a.m. by calling (310) 794-WALK. After 1 a.m. walk in groups or consider arranging other transportation.
6. If you think you are being followed, do not go home, go to the nearest police or fire station, open gasoline station, or other well-lit place.