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COC Sends Students Crime Alert On Alleged Assaults

COC Sends Students Crime Alert On Alleged Assaults

College of the Canyons officials sent out notices about two alleged crimes reported Wednesday around the school’s Valencia campus.

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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies were notified of the crimes, and detectives are investigating, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.

The first crime involved a woman was walking along Rockwell Canyon Road toward CalArts around 4:15 p.m. when a man walking the opposite direction tried to hand her a flyer and she ignored him.

A blue, four-door Nissan Altima with tinted windows then pulled to the curb, and the man grabbed the student in a “bear hug” hold, according to a campus alert sent to College of the Canyons students.

The student kneed the man twice in the groin, and the man then released the student, entered the Nissan and sped away southbound on Rockwell.

The suspect is described as a male black, 5’5”-5’6”, 150-160 pounds with short dark hair, believed to be 25-28 years old, wearing a red T-shirt, black-zippered sweater and had a black backpack on.

A victim reported the crime to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, and it’s being investigated by detectives.

The second crime reportedly happened around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, when a woman was walking toward the college’s South Parking Lot from Aliso Hall.

She passed a man who stopped her and asked if COC was a good school to attend.

Before she could answer, the suspect then asked her if she’d be interested in taking pornographic pictures.

The student told him no and started walking to her car, the release stated.

The man followed her for a bit until she stopped to let him pass.

The man passed her, but then double-backed and got behind her again. At that point, he grabbed her buttocks and ran off.

The Campus Safety Department recommends taking the following steps to be pro-active about your safety:

  • Don’t walk alone to your car during evening hours.
  • Use the free Escort Service. Free rides are available from any location on campus during evening hours on both campuses. Simply flag down one of the escort carts to be driven to your class, or your car.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Report anything suspicious immediately by calling Campus Safety at (661) 362-3229, or dialing 7 from any campus phone.

The suspect is described as an Asian male, medium complexion, 5’6” to 5’7” tall, 160-170 pounds with short, dark hair, in his early- to mid-20s.

He was wearing a tan hoodie jacket and blue jeans.


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COC Sends Students Crime Alert On Alleged Assaults

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