Sexual Assaults near USC Campus, Suspect Sought

September 9, 2008

Los Angeles:  Two USC students were sexually assaulted near the University of Southern California campus and the Los Angeles Police Department warns students and residents to be aware of their surroundings and to take extra precaution when walking.

The first assault occurred on September 5, 2008, at about 1:30 a.m., in the 3000 block of McClintock Avenue.  A man approached a female student from behind as she walked along the sidewalk.  He grabbed the victim from behind, groped and sexually assaulted her, and ran away.

The second attack took place on September 6, 2008, at around 1:00 a.m., when a female student walking alone off campus in the 2300 block of Hoover Avenue, was approached by three men.  One of the men, under the false guise of an escort walked the victim to her apartment.  Once inside, the suspect sexually assaulted her and fled.  

In the first attack, the suspect was described as a male Black or a dark complected Hispanic in his mid-20’s and clean cut.  The suspects in the second attack were described as male Hispanic in their early 20’s.   

No arrests have been made.

The Los Angeles Police Department and USC Campus police have increased patrols in the area around the campus.  Students have been cautioned to walk in well-lit areas and to walk in groups.

It is unknown if the incidents are related.  Anyone who has information about these incidents is asked to call Southwest Division Sexual Assault Unit at 213-485-6570 or 485-2585.  On weekends or during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).