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UCSB Student ‘Severely Beaten and Raped’ by Group of Males

A search was underway Sunday for a group of males who beat and raped a female student from the University of California Santa Barbara, authorities said.

The 19-year-old was attacked between 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

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Police on Thursday released sketches of two men described as the assailants in a severe beating and rape on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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UC police released these sketches of two men wanted for a sex assault on 19-year-old student that took place Feb. 23, 2014.

The composite sketches released by UC police showed two Asian males in their early 20s who were believed to have pushed a 19-year-old student to the ground, beating and then sexually assaulting her early Sunday.

A “wanted” flyer was being distributed in the area, and police planned to canvass the college campus and neighboring Isla Vista area.

One assailant was described as tall with a thin build and medium-length black hair, while the other was described as short with a medium build and possibly wearing a red shirt.

On Wednesday, authorities had said items belonging to the victim and the attackers were found at a “semi-secluded area” at the edge of campus. The case was at that point transferred from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office to the UC Santa Barbara Police Department.

The victim was traumatized and unable to identify exactly where the attack occurred, a sheriff’s spokeswoman had said on Monday.

Another woman was sexually assaulted early Saturday morning in Isla Vista, an unincorporated area next to campus that is known for drinking and raucous parties. The woman was taken from a party and sexually assaulted behind a car at about 1 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office stated.

Police patrols have been increased on campus since the two attacks, and new lighting was set to be installed.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at 805-681-4171.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s volunteer search and rescue team helped canvas neighborhoods around UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday to help find information after a female student was gang raped.

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An investigation was underway after a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student said she was beaten and raped. (Credit: KTLA)

“We’re looking at all potential areas in the immediate vicinity,” said department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

Isla Vista, the unincorporated community next to UCSB where the gang rape occurred, is slightly larger than half a square mile but has some 23,000 residents.

“It’s very dense,” Hoover said. “Search and rescue is a resource available to us and we want to utilize it in this case.”

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Students at the University of California, Santa Barbara said they were on edge Monday after two sexual assaults were reported near the campus in two days.

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A 19-year-old UCSB student was beaten and raped over the weekend, Santa Barbara, Feb. 24, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

In the latest incident, a 19-year-old female student was brutally attacked between 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said they were searching for three males who beat and raped the victim.

“A little alarming, a little scary,” said freshman Chiko Anyiwo. “It could be anyone. So, we don’t know who it is or how long they’ve been here.”

A sheriff’s K-9 unit and University of California police officers were searching the UCSB campus and the neighboring Isla Vista area, which is known for partying and drinking.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for an examination and treatment for injuries. She was later released and was with her family, said Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

“We have some big challenges in this case. We had a victim who went through quite an ordeal and was very shook up, as she should have been,” Hoover said. “We weren’t able to get a lot of information from her initially. She was only able to tell us this was a group of Asian males.”

Later Monday afternoon, authorities announced that the victim had last been seen between midnight and 12:30 a.m. Sunday walking northbound on Embarcadero Del Mar near Segovia Road.

Investigators were still trying to figure out where the crime occurred, the Sheriff’s Office announced.

Another sexual assault was reported in Isla Vista about 1 a.m. Saturday, when a woman said she was attacked outside a party in the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive.

In that incident, a man described only as thin, 5 foot 6 inches tall, and with dark hair and brown eyes had assaulted the victim after taking her behind a car outside the party, authorities said in an email sent out via the UCSB Alert system. The Sheriff’s Office was investigating.

Students said they were troubled — and frightened — by the incidents.

“The fact that they could be walking around and it’s a possibility that I could actually know one of them — that kind of scares me,” freshman Josephine Ampaw said. “Not only I, but all my friends are at risk.”

The incidents come after three young men were arrested Jan. 18 in Isla Vista on suspicion of rape in concert, which is charged when two or more people act together to commit rape or other sexual assaults, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials urged students to take extra precautions, including walking in pairs, and paying attention to their surroundings. Heightened police presence was on campus at night, and some students said that was a comfort.

Anyone with information on the incidents was urged to call 911, or to leave an anonymous tip at 805-681-4171.

A search was underway Sunday for a group of males who beat and raped a female student from the University of California Santa Barbara, authorities said.

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An entrance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. (Credit: KTLA)

The 19-year-old was attacked between 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim was able to return to her home in Isla Vista, where she notified a roommate and authorities, officials said.

The young woman was taken to an area hospital for an examination, and to be treated for her injuries. She was later released and was with her family Sunday night, said Kelly Hoover, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department.

A sheriff’s K-9 unit and University of California police officers were searching the UCSB campus and the Isla Vista area to determine where the incident occurred.

Authorities were also seeking information that will help them identify and locate the attackers, who are described only as Asian males.

“We have two really big challenges in this case: there were no witnesses that we know of, and we don’t have much detail as to the description of the suspects,” Hoover said.

“It’s disgusting that people would do that,” said Julia Gellar, a UCSB student. “Honestly, it’s devastating. I can’t believe that someone would take advantage of someone like that. The poor girl.”

Another sexual assault in Isla Vista had been reported earlier Saturday, authorities said. A woman said she was attacked outside a party about 1:30 a.m.

On Jan. 18, three young men were arrested in Isla Vista on suspicion of rape in concert, which is charged when two or more people act together to commit rape or other sexual assaults, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911, or to leave an anonymous tip at 805-681-4171.