Sex Assault Reported Near UCLA

By Jason Kandel and Patrick Healy
|  Thursday, Mar 20, 2014  |  Updated 3:57 AM PDT
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An alleged case of sexual battery along busy Wilshire Boulevard near UCLA is the latest in a string of assaults near the college campus. Patrick Healy reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

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An alleged case of sexual battery along busy Wilshire Boulevard near UCLA is the latest in a string of assaults near the college campus. Patrick Healy reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

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UCLA police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a female student as she was walking near the campus.

The incident happened Sunday at 9 p.m. as the woman was on her cellphone while walking near the Hotel Palomar, at 10740 Wilshire Blvd., police said.

She was not injured.

The man was described as white, between 30 and 40 years old, 5 foot 10 to 5 foot 11, of average build and with dirty blond or brown spiked hair.

He was wearing a blue or purple long-sleeve dress shirt with white vertical stripes and Khaki pants.

He was seen getting into a newer model silver sedan parked on Selby Avenue.

It was the latest of several in recent months.

Two months ago, a woman was sexually assaulted at a dance party west of campus.

Three peeping Toms were seen west of campus in January. An arrest was made in that case.

Student Haley Mitchell said her sorority is so concerned their thinking of hiring security guards.

"It's so common recently," she said. "Something needs to be done."

Anyone with information on the most recent case was asked to call the UCLA Police Department at 310-825-1491. Refer to report #14-0549.

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