UC San Diego students warned about sexual battery attacks

Two women have been attacked since Wednesday

SAN DIEGO - Students at UC San Diego are being warned about two sexual battery reports on or near the La Jolla campus.

The attacks happened in broad daylight.

"Especially this whole thing happened during the day, which is what freaked me out the most," student Catherine Stevenson told 10News on Saturday evening. "You think in the day nothing is ever going to happen to you."

According to a campus police bulletin sent to students Friday night, police say it is timely warning after reports of two sexual batteries on two different areas on and near the campus.

The first incident reportedly happened on Wednesday at about 7:45 p.m. at the UC San Diego Mesa Housing Complex. A man followed the woman through the parking lot and asked for directions. Campus police say he then hugged the woman and groped her thighs.

Then on Friday at about 4:30 p.m., campus police received information of a sexual battery that took place at Brown Hall on campus. 

Even though 10News found that you need a key card to get in, it was reported that a man followed a woman into a stairwell and grabbed her underneath her skirt, touching her upper leg.

Stevenson told 10News that because of that, she is now taking matters into her own hands.

"I just bought pepper spray because of what's been happening on campus," she said. "I'm kind of freaked out about it."

Campus police tell 10News that CSO or community service officers are available day and night year-round so students and faculty never have to walk alone.

The suspect in the attacks is described as an Asian man in his 20s or 30s who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build. In both incidents, the man was wearing khaki pants. He may also be wearing glasses or have a thin mustache.

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