A community was on edge Friday night as police searched for a man who struck two people in the face and challenged them to a fight in the California State University, Northridge parking lot.
The attacks happened on Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. in parking lot B6, according to a CSUN crime bulletin. Police said his behavior was unprovoked and the victims do not know the attacker.
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"I hope it's not a college kid, I definitely hope not, and whoever it is, I hope they catch him," Northridge resident Mara Bruse said.
The man was last seen walking north through the parking lot. He was described as a 19-year-old black man, 6 foot 4 inches tall with a slender build.
He had short black hair and a light goatee. He was last seen wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt, and blue-jean shorts.
Some students did not seem surprised by the news.
"It's been happening for a while, it's not really a surprise anymore," student Ashley Gabaldon said. "Random things will happen like that."
Detectives said they may have a lead on a possible suspect.
Police urged people to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. Officials also suggested staying alert and keeping cellphones readily available to make a call if necessary.
Officials also suggested not getting distracted with cellphone, music or items that occupy both hands.
If you are approached and engaged in conversation or physical altercation, get to a populated area or contact CSUN PD 818-677-2111.
Don’t walk alone. Walk with friends or classmates. Take advantage of the Matador Patrol, free personal safety escort service offered during fall/spring semester. A member of the Matador Patrol will walk you to your destination. Call 818-677-5042/5048. For more personal safety tips, contact the Crime Prevention Unit: 818-677-5820.
Kate Larsen contributed to this report.