Authorities were searching for a man who grabbed a female student’s butt without permission Friday, according to a campus crime alert issued by the campus police at CSUN this week.
The incident occurred at an unknown time on Friday inside Jacaranda Hall, a building on the California State University, Northridge campus, according to the alert, which was issued Tuesday.
The man approached the victim and engaged her in brief conversation before asking for a hug, grabbing her buttocks and then fleeing the area, according to police.
The woman reported the incident and provided a detailed description of the man Tuesday, when the CSUN Department of Police Services released a composite sketch.
“If we do have someone that is engaging in this kind of activity, often times we will see these kinds of things escalate, so that’s why we’re concerned,” said campus police Capt. Fred Fernandez. “We want to get the word out.”
The groper was described as Hispanic, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, of medium build, with a dark complexion, with short black hair and a mustache, the alert stated. He was last seen wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt with white lettering, black T-shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes and a purple/grey backpack.
Similar incidents occurred five times on Aug. 27, 2013, police said at the time. Those incidents were mentioned in Tuesday’s crime alert, though Fernandez said police hadn’t confirmed that the attacks were linked.
“But we are concerned enough to put this in a bulletin because the M.O. … of the suspect is very similar,” Fernandez said.
Anyone who has been a victim or has any information regarding this crime was asked to call the campus police Investigations Unit at 818-677-3826.