September 4, 2014


SUBJECT:    Timely Warning - Attempted Sexual Assault

The San Diego Police received a report of a women who was assaulted in the 4500 block of La Jolla Village Drive near Executive way, across from the UTC Shopping center at about 8:30 pm on Saturday night (August 30,214). The victim reported she was walking toward the pedestrian bridge on La Jolla Village Drive, when the suspect grabbed her from behind and dragged her into nearby bushes. Several witnesses saw the attack and chased the suspect away from the victim in an unknown direction.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male adult, 25- 30 years old. He was approximately 5'8" to 5'10" tall and 160 to 170 pounds, with black stringy hair, a mustache and was unshaven. The suspect was described as being possibly homeless and smelled like cigarettes. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, white shirt with black long sleeves, black pants, and leather boots with thick black soles.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 or SDPD Detective Tim Radtke at 619-531-2332.

As students prepare to return to UCSD we are reminded that the campus and surrounding areas, although generally safe, unfortunately are not immune to criminal activity. The UC San Diego Police Department in partnership with the UCSD Sexual Assault and Violence Prevent Resource Center provide you with the following tips and resources:

" Be especially aware of your surroundings when you may be less alert and more vulnerable to an attack, e.g., during periods of stress, when you are upset or sick, or if you are under the influence of any substances or alcohol.

" Use discretion and caution when taking shortcuts through isolated areas of the campus.

" Know the location of campus emergency call boxes on routes to and from campus destinations.

" Report suspicious activity immediately to UCSD Police (858)534-4357 or 9-1-1 (emergencies). (UC Police Officers are fully sworn, state police officers who are completely familiar with the campus area and here to help you.)

" The UC San Diego Safety Escort Program, (858)534-WALK (9255) is available daily from dusk to dawn to walk individuals anywhere on campus.

" Look out for each other. Be a responsive bystander when you see something suspicious.

" Make a plan before you leave and exchange phone numbers. Let your friends know your plans.

" Never leave a friend behind. Use the buddy system.

*These campus resources are available: