Man accused of groping San Diego State students pleads not guilty
City News Service
5:02 PM, Sep 5, 2017
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 19-year-old man accused of groping and sexually assaulting four female students as they walked to their off-campus housing near San Diego State University pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven charges, including felony sexual battery and felony false imprisonment.
Minda Shewangizaw is also charged with trying to rape an acquaintance at UC Riverside -- where he is a student -- in May, said Deputy District Attorney Judy Taschner.
The prosecutor alleged that Shewangizaw approached two students from behind just after midnight on Aug. 29, touching the buttocks of one victim under her shorts and pulling down the shirt and bra of the other.
They told campus police that their attacker ran into an alley behind the Aztec Corner Apartments on Montezuma Road.
About 45 minutes later, Shewangizaw approached two other students from behind and allegedly smacked one on the buttocks and pulled down the shirt and bra of the other, also grabbing her breast, Taschner alleged.
"It was very brazen," Taschner said outside court. "He didn't care how it was making them feel."
A half-hour later, while interviewing the alleged victims and witnesses, police spotted Shewangizaw and arrested him in the area, the prosecutor said.