Campus police investigate sexual assault

Campus police are investigating the suspected sexual assault of a woman on campus, according to a campus press release.

At approximately 8 p.m. on Sept. 22, “the suspect, an unknown black male adult, approached a female adult and asked her for a cigarette in the Business Family Science Building breezeway. After striking up a conversation with the victim, the suspect grabbed the victim’s right breast and then attempted to grab her crotch,” according to the press release.

The 23-year-old victim is not a student or staff member at CRC, but was waiting for someone to get out of class when the crime occurred, CRC Public Information Officer Kristie West said in an e-mail.

Police described the suspect as 19 to 20 years old, 5 feet 3 to 5 inches tall, having short hair and speaking with a strong Nigerian accent, according to the press release. The victim reported no injuries.

Campus police said they already have a lead.

“Based on the information of people calling in, we put it together with some other contacts that the officers have had with the same individual,” said CRC Police Capt. Cheryl Sears. “He’s been stopped on campus by officers for behavior – someone had called in and said he was suspicious. He’s never been arrested or anything like that but we have had contact with him where we’ve had to escort him off campus. So he lives in the area, but he is not a student.”

This isn’t the first time sexual battery has been reported at one of the Los Rios community colleges.

The last time sexual assault took place at CRC was in 2008, West said in an email. American River College and Sacramento City College have each had two sexual assaults occur on their campus since 2009, and no one has reported any at Folsom Lake College.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they can call the Los Rios Police Department at 916-558-2221.