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UCLA Students Warned About Attacks

ucla-attacksResidents and students near UCLA are being warned to be vigilant after some recent attacks on or near the campus.

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WESTWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — A man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a UCLA student in her apartment in Westwood.

ucla-suspect-picEvan Ryan Baldwin, 22, was arrested last Thursday and charged for assault with intent to commit rape.

The alleged attack happened around 2:20 p.m. on Thursday at the student’s apartment in the 400 block of Landfair Avenue, according to UC police.

The student screamed and the suspect ran out. No one was hurt.

The victim’s roommate called police right away, and Baldwin was arrested minutes later near the intersection of Veteran and Weyburn avenues.

It wasn’t immediately known how the suspect got into the secure-entry apartment building.

Police said it appeared he entered the victim’s apartment through the front door. There was no sign of forced entry.

It remains unclear whether the incident is related to some other recent robberies and attempted sexual assaults in Westwood.

In one case, a female student was attacked around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 while walking between parking structure No. 9 and the engineer No. 4 building.

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

Campus police warn that students should keep their doors locked and should report any suspicious persons or activity.

WESTWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Residents and students near UCLA are on high alert after police say a man posing as a magazine salesman tried to sexually assault a woman.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. last Friday at the woman’s apartment in the 700 block of Gayley Avenue.

Police say the woman let the man inside, where he attempted to sexually assault her. The victim was not a UCLA student.

One student said the man also knocked on her door, but she did not let him in.

“He was trying to sell us these magazines, and so we were like, ‘Oh no, I don’t have any cash on me,’” she recalled.

“And so then he was trying to get us to give him any kind of money. He threw something in about, ‘Oh, you can donate some to the military or send subscriptions to the troops.’”

“When he whipped out his laminated, not very formal program, I was like I don’t think this is real,” she said.

The suspect was last seen walking down Gayley, near the UCLA campus.

He is described as a white male in his late 20s, about, 5’10″ tall and 200 pounds, with a shaved head.

He was wearing a navy blue sweatshirt, light blue shorts, tennis shoes and sunglasses on his head.

Back on January 7, there was a sexual assault on the UCLA campus near a parking garage. Investigators say they do not believe the attacks are related.

WESTWOOD, Calif. (KTLA)  — UCLA police have released a composite sketch of a man wanted in an attempted sexual assault on campus earlier this month.

The attack happened January 7 between 1:1ucla-assault-sketch5 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 a light-skinned man about 30 to 35 years old, 5’10″ to 6 feet tall, with a think build and short, dark hair.

He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

In light of the attack, 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.

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.

WESTWOOD, Calif. — Police are searching for a man who tried to sexually assault a UCLA student on campus early Monday morning.

Police say the student was walking between Parking Structure 9 and Engineering IV around 1:30 a.m. when a man grabbed her from behind.

The victim told police that the man told her he intended to sexually assault her and tried to pull her to the ground.

The woman was able to break free and run away. Her assailant also fled the area.

Anyone with information about the incident can call UCPD at (310) 825-1491 or leave an anonymous tip at (310) 794-5824.

Carolyn Costello has more on the frightening attack.

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