UC San Diego police investigate series of sexual battery cases on campus

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - UC San Diego police are investigating a series of sexual battery incidents that have occurred at an on-campus Starbucks.

Two women were at the Starbucks at the Price Center just before 8 p.m. on Oct. 1 when they said they were inappropriately touched by a man they did not know.

According to campus police, one of the women said the stranger “placed one of his hands on her buttocks, over her clothing.”

Campus police reviewed surveillance video and determined that “there are other similar cases that have not been reported to the police department. Based on the evidence from the surveillance video, the police department has deemed this an ongoing series.”

One student said, “I had no idea that any of this stuff was happening on campus. We've had some instances where we've had inappropriate things happen on campus, but I didn't realize how consistent it was, especially here at Starbucks."

The man suspected in the case is described as Hispanic, about 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a weight of 200 pounds. The man has short black and gray hair.

The man was last seen wearing a red shirt with a black design and black cargo-style shorts.

Several students told 10News that they received an alert from campus police regarding the incidents.

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