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UPDATE: 2 women attacked at or near COC

Posted: March 6, 2014 3:09 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2014 6:18 p.m.

College of the Canyons officials warned students Thursday about two separate attacks on female students on or near the school’s Valencia campus.

The first attack, reported as an attempted kidnapping, occurred as a female student was walking along Rockwell Canyon Road from College of the Canyons toward CalArts around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

While the woman was distracted by a man trying to hand her a flier, a blue four-door Nissan Altima with tinted windows pulled to the curb and the man grabbed the student in a “bear hug” hold, according to a report from the college.

The student kneed the man twice in the groin, the report said. The man released her and jumped into the car, which sped away southbound on Rockwell Canyon Road.

In the second case, a sexual battery attack, a female student was walking toward the South Parking Lot from Aliso Hall around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. A man stopped her talked to her, asking if she would be interested in taking pornographic pictures. She said “no” and walked away, but the man followed her, got behind her and grabbed her buttocks, then ran away.

The college released descriptions of both attackers.

In the attempted kidnapping, the suspect was described as an African-American male standing 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds. He had short, dark hair and appeared to be 25 to 28 years old.

The suspect wore a red T-shirt, black zippered sweater and blue jeans and carried a black backpack.

The attacker in the sexual battery case was described as Asian/Caucasian with a medium complexion, standing 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 160 to 170 pounds with an athletic build.

He had short, dark hair and was believed to be in his early to mid-20s. The man wore a tan hoodie jacket with the hood up, along with blue jeans.

Anyone with information about either attack was asked to call the Campus Safety Office at 661-362-3229 or the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.




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