The disappearance of a 22-year-old woman who lives near Cal State San Bernardino was deemed suspicious by police Tuesday in light of recent abduction attempts and assaults that have occurred at the school.
Sahray Barber was last seen leaving her apartment building in the 1500 block of West Northpark Boulevard (map) on her way to work at about 6 a.m. Monday, Lt. Rich Lawhead of the San Bernardino Police Department stated in a news release.
Barber never made it to work and her whereabouts were unknown, according to Lawhead.
Barber's parents went to their daughter's apartment complex Tuesday and said their child was "full of life." It was not like her to go off on her own, father Stephen Barber said.
“Sahray, if you listening to this right now, we love you. We admire your spirit and your courage in life and we would like your safe return as soon as possible,” Stephen Barber said.
Investigators have taken Barber's laptop to a sheriff's crime lab to look for clues in her disappearance.
Barber's bank account was also being monitored and investigators have searched the cars of her ex-boyfriend and roommates.
“We really don’t know if this involves any kind of foul play, however we are erring on the side of caution,” Lawhead said.
Lawhead did describe the disappearance as "suspicious," primarily due to some items she left behind, as well as the fact that she lives across the street from CSUSB, where there have been recent kidnapping attempts.
A string of crimes have taken place at the university in the past two weeks, including a carjacking, an attempted abduction and an attempted sexual assault.
Most recently, a student said she was on her cellphone near the John M. Pfau Library on Sunday when a man grabbed her from behind.
The man said he planned to take the student to his vehicle, but she managed to elbow him and run away.
On Wednesday, another woman reported that she fought off an attacker who attempted to sexually assault her in the Pfau Library, according to an email from campus officials.
The attacker in both instances was described as being in his late teens or early 20s, Hispanic, and about 5 feet 8 inches tall.
On Feb. 23, a student was carjacked at gunpoint and told to drive the gunman off campus.
Once off campus, the carjacker hit the student, demanded money and the victim’s cellphone, before ordering the student to get out of the car and drove off.
Julio Cesar Dela Luz, identified as the alleged carjacker, was later arrested.
“We are concerned due to some of the recent events at Cal State. … However, we have nothing right now that leads us to believe that they're connected in any way, shape or form," Lawhead said.
The school planned to put out an advisory regarding Barber's disappearance and warned students to be aware of their surroundings, CSUSB Public Information Officer Joe Gutierrez said Tuesday.
Besides living across the street from campus, Barber does not appear to be affiliated with university in any way, Gutierrez said.
Barber was studying graphic design at The Art Institute, according to her mother.
Barber was described as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds, with long red-brown straight hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information on her disappearance was asked to contact detectives at 909-384-5623 or the investigations bureau at 909-384-5615 and refer to case number 2015-26028.