UCLA Student Uses Pepper Spray to Dodge Kidnapper

Police were searching Wednesday for a man who robbed and kidnapped a UCLA student who was able to escape after using pepper spray.

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A UCLA student used pepper spray to free herself from a man who assaulted and robbed her on May 6, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The man took the woman’s property and cell phone, then forced her into his vehicle and proceeded to lift her skirt shortly after midnight on Tuesday near Ophir Drive and Veteran Avenue (map), according to a University of California, Los Angeles Police Department crime alert.

The woman was able to use pepper spray and escape, the alert stated. The man was Asian, 20 to 25 years old, about 5 foot 7 inches, with short spiky hair, and no facial hair or visible tattoos, according to the alert.

He was wearing a gray T-shirt, light-colored jeans and a cloth necklace. His vehicle had a jade pendant hanging from the car’s rearview mirror and was a dark-colored Honda sedan or Accord.

Another UCLA student told KTLA that she carried pepper spray because the campus could not always respond to crimes immediately.

“They warn us that we should be careful, that even though they’re working to prevent the crime they can’t get a completely zero percent prevention so the rest of it’s our responsibility,” UCLA student Hanan Baker said.

UCLA student Elaine Foley said she didn’t know what she would do if attacked, but she was inspired by the girl’s actions.

“It’s good to hear people do calm down and are able to defend themselves,” Foley said. Police asked that anyone with information contact Detective Shear at 310-825-1491 and refer to report No. 14-0885. The crime alert originally stated the crime occurred on Monday. It had since been changed to Tuesday.