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Pierce College students on alert after sexual assault on campus

Pierce College students are on alert after a female student was sexually assaulted in a campus parking lot.
February 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
Pierce College students are on alert after a female student was sexually assaulted in a campus parking lot.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Community College Bureau, who handles policing for the eight community colleges in L.A. County, say the attack happened between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. last Thursday in the parking lot next to the school's music department.

The student's car broke down due to a dead battery and she called a tow truck for help. According to the sheriff's department, a man with a road side service showed up. The victim told investigators that while the man was charging her battery, he grabbed her.

The victim then ran back in her car, locked it, and stayed inside while the man finished charging her battery. When he was finished, she drove off.

Investigators say the suspect drove away in a white Toyota Prius with a road side service logo on the car.

Many students say they feel safe on campus, but they do take precautions just in case - like being aware of your surroundings at all times and walking with a group rather than alone, particularly during nighttime.

Pierce College scheduled a workshop on Tuesday to help students and faculty deal with situations that involve violence on campus and personal safety.