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UCLA Students Warned After Pair of Attacks

WESTWOOD (KTLA) — UCLA police are warning students about a pair of crimes — an armed robbery and an attempted sexual assault — that happened early Monday morning.

At about 12:05 a.m., a student was walking north on Veteran Ave. from Gayley Ave. when a man held a handgun to his back and demanded he hand over his property.

The student gave the man his wallet and cellphone because he was afraid of being shot, campus police spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein said.

The suspect fled on foot and was seen on Montana Ave. by other pedestrians in the area, according to Greenstein.

He is described as a black man about 20 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds, with a light beard.

He was wearing a dark beanie and a dark “puffy” jacket with dark pants.

About an hour later, between 1:15 and 1:30 a.m., a female student was attacked while walking east between parking structure No. 9 and the engineer No. 4 building.

The suspect approached the woman from behind and “placed her in a bear hug and told her he intended to sexually assault her,” UCLA police said in a statement.

The attacker tried to knock the woman to the ground, but she was able to break free. She was not injured, police said.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction. He is described as white or a light-skinned Asian, about 30 years old,  5 feet 11 inches tall and 160 pounds.

He has black short hair and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

In light of the attacks, UCLA police are urging students to walk with friends whenever possible and to take advantage of the campus’ escort service by calling 310-794-WALK.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call UCLA police at (310) 825-1491.