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UCLA attempted sexual attack suspect sketch released

January 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
UCLA campus police on Wednesday released a sketch of a man who tried to sexually assault a female student on campus last week.

On Jan. 7, the student was walking eastbound between UCLA Parking Structure 9 and the Engineering IV building when the suspect approached her from behind and threatened to sexually assault her. He grabbed the victim, but she was able to break free and get away. The man then fled the scene on foot.

The suspect was described as a white man between 30 to 35 years old with a thin build and short black hair, standing about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Students Luzdelia Caballero and Azeb Guesh say they're making sure to walk in groups.

"It's kind of scary to hear that this happened because this is such a beautiful place and to hear that someone could have potentially been assaulted. It's scary to think that could have been me next time," said Caballero.

Some students say the attempted sexual assault has made them more aware of their surroundings.

"Kind of think twice about what you're doing. You definitely think that a college campus is like safe and whatnot, but I guess you have to realize that it's public and that other people can come on and that can cause problems sometimes," said Kelsey Woldt, another student.

Police are on patrol and the university wants students to avoid walking alone. Students say the attack is unsettling, but many say they still feel safe on campus.

"I've always been comfortable on campus and I know that there's a lot of resources here that would make this campus really safe. They have an escort service. They're always watching out to make sure students are alerted," said Guesh.

Anyone with information was asked to call campus police at (310) 825-9371.


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