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2 UCLA students attacked in unrelated incidents

January 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Two violent attacks have UCLA students on edge. Campus police are looking for a sexual predator and an armed robber in two incidents that are not related, but happened within hours of each other.

Police reports say the armed robbery happened first around midnight. A male student was robbed at gunpoint as he was walking near Veteran and Gayley avenues. The suspect ran off with the man's wallet and cellphone. He was last seen running westbound on Montana Avenue.

The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s, standing around 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with a light beard. He was wearing a dark beanie, a dark puffy jacket, and dark jeans during the time of the robbery.

Then about an hour and a half later, a female student was walking between the school's engineering IV building and parking structure No. 9 when she reported a man grabbed her from behind and said he was going to rape her. The victim was able to break free and get away.

The suspect was described as a white or Asian male in his 30s, standing around 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with a thin build, light complexion and short black hair. He was wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt and blue jeans during the time of the attempted assault.

"That definitely surprises me because I usually roam around at night here on this campus," said UCLA student Shilba Nayek.

None of the students Eyewitness News spoke with on Tuesday knew of the two attacks. They questioned why UCLA officials didn't send out an email blast to notify people on campus.

"They probably should make that a little more public to everyone. but I'm pretty sure they try to not scare people," said UCLA student Jessica Soliman.

The UCLA Police Department refused to take any questions about the attacks. The scene of the attempted sexual assault is littered with security cameras, but it's unknown if police caught images of the suspect on the cameras.

Campus police were re-interviewing the two victims and potential witnesses in hopes of finding clues to help solve the two unrelated incidents.

UCLA reminded students that late night escorts are available for students traveling around campus at night.

Anyone with information regarding the suspects or attacks was urged to contact campus police at (310) 825-1491.