Cal State Northridge on Edge After Incidents Targeting Female Students

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Students at Cal State Northridge were on edge Monday after three recent incidents targeting women on


Composite sketches released by CSUN police show a man, left, who “cornered a female student and stopped her from leaving,” and man who reportedly attempted to sexually assault a female student in her dorm room.

At 1 a.m. on Sept. 29, four males approached a female student in a parking lot between two buildings at University Park Apartments, made sexual advances toward her and offered her money, according to the university’s Department of Police Services.

“One of the suspects reportedly grabbed the victim’s arm and another suspect grabbed her hand,” according to a campus crime alert issued by the department.

“No injuries resulted from the sexual advance,” Capt. Scott Vanscoy said. “She walked away unharmed.”

At 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 2, near the apartment complex’s mailroom, “four unknown suspects cornered a female student and stopped her from leaving,” CSUN police said. “The victim became frightened, pulled out a stun gun and stunned one of the suspects.”

Police released a composite sketch of the primary aggressor, who was described as a man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches, with a dark complexion.

There were no witnesses in either incident, Vanscoy said.

Authorities were also looking for a man who attempted to sexually assault a female student in her dorm room about 8 a.m. Saturday morning while she was sleeping. The victim awoke to find the man standing over her and touching her bare leg, CSUN police said.

The intruder was described as black, 6 feet, 180 pounds, with short, black hair, dark eyes and a scar on his chin. He took the woman’s wallet and some documents before running out of the room on the third floor of the University Park Apartments, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents was asked to call Detective Sgt. Mark Benavidez at (818) 677-3901.