Police Investigate an Attempted Sexual Assault

UCR staff member fights off her attacker

Bike patrols are part of an effort to increase security around the campus.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — UCPD officers are investigating an attempted sexual assault reported at 10:10 a.m. Thursday, April 25 at Bannockburn Village near campus. They have asked for anyone who sees this suspect to call 9-1-1. The description the victim gave to police:

Black male adult, 40 to 45 years of age. He stands five-feet-nine-inches to six-feet tall, and weighs about 200 lbs. He has bushy hair and a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt, black pants and a black back pack.

Police sent an emergency text alert to the campus to ask for help in locating the suspect.

The victim reported to police that she was on the north side of Bannockburn, near the “L” building, when the suspect approached her from behind, grabbed her and struggled to pull her to the ground. During the struggle, the victim was able to strike the suspect repeatedly and eventually escape from his grasp. She fled the area and phoned the police. Officers were immediately dispatched to the area to search for the suspect, and the Riverside Police Department was also notified of the incident.

UCPD Chief of Police Mike Lane said the victim was a UCR staff member who sustained some cuts and scrapes. She did not require medical attention. She has received other offers of assistance from the campus.

“I appreciate the cooperation of the victim in this incident,” Lane said. “ She had the presence of mind to pay attention to details about his clothing and his face.  He said police officers continue to investigate the case.

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