Student raped on SDSU campus

by Staff

A 15-year-old local high school student told University Police she was raped about 9 p.m. on April 8 while waiting for a ride in a San Diego State University parking lot.

The girl, who said she had been working in Love Library, said she was waiting for her ride at the footbridge of F Lot, which runs across College Avenue.

The girl told University Police she was grabbed from behind and forced part of the way down a nearby slope, where she was raped. After the assault, the suspect, who the girl described as a black man in his mid-20s with a medium build, allowed the girl to leave.

She immediately called University Police from a yellow campus emergency phone. Upon arrival, University Police searched the area for the suspect but were unable to find him.

There were three forcible sexual assaults reported to University Police in 1996. Forcible sexual assaults in the campus community have risen at a rate of one per year since 1994, when one assault was reported.

University Police recommend that SDSU students, employees and visitors use the escort service, which is free to everyone. The blue emergency phones located throughout the campus connect callers directly with the University Police dispatcher.

University Police also advise that when on campus, people should use “normal caution.” Being aware of the environment, walking in groups and avoiding isolated places are all considered normal precautionary measures.

This case has been forwarded to the University Police investigations unit. Anyone with information should contact Detective Chris Jacobsen at 594-1984.