Woman sexually assaulted at SDSU party; suspect sought

SAN DIEGO - Investigators are looking for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman at an off-campus San Diego State University party overnight Sunday.

The alleged assault occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Monday at a residence at 5074 College Ave. The victim told campus police that she began talking to the suspect after getting separated from her friends.

The suspect offered to help her find them, but then took her into a bathroom and sexually assaulted her, police said. She got away and left the party with her friends.

The man was described as African-American, college age, 6-foot-7, 200 pounds with a fit build. He was wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt and pants or shorts.

Those living in the house first learned that a sexual assault had happened in their home when they read the crime alert issued by campus police.

"This came as a shock to all of us too," said Shaun Collins, one of 14 men who rent the former frat house.

Collins admitted he and his roommates threw a party Sunday night and claimed they had sober people at each door to make sure only those who were invited got in. However, there were party crashers.  

"We can't control people that let other people in through a window and stuff like that," Collins told 10News.

"Apparently, a couple of sketchy characters broke in," said Jeff Petromilli, who also lives in the house. "I personally didn't see or hear of anything, and nothing was brought up that night, but I mean, I can't put anything past circumstances, especially, I mean, in this area, you never know."

Both men said they hoped the woman who told police she was assaulted will be OK.

"It makes everyone look bad," said Petromilli, who added there will be no more parties at the house until he and his roommates can make sure intruders can't sneak in.

The men say they don't know who the woman is or her attacker.

San Diego police are investigating the sexual assault, although a watch commander told 10News the victim no longer wants to press charges against her attacker.

According to public records obtained by 10News' media partner San Diego 6, there have been 40 sexual assaults reported to university police over the past four years.

In 2010, there were 14 reported forcible sex offenses near the campus of SDSU. In 2011, there were six and in 2012, there were 13. Last year, there were seven.

Over the same four-year period, there were a total of two arrests and eight of the cases were referred to the District Attorney's Office or City Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.

Monday's incident comes after Cal State San Marcos reported last month that it is investigating the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity over sexual assault allegations involving its members.

Anyone with information on this incident should call San Diego police at 619-531-2000 or campus police at 619-594-1991.

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