Sketch Released in UCLA Attack

The attacker forced a woman into his car before she used pepper spray on him and ran away

By Christina Cocca
|  Wednesday, May 14, 2014  |  Updated 1:37 PM PDT
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UCLA police released a sketch on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, of the man suspected of attacking a student near campus and forcing her into his car one week earlier.

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UCLA police released a sketch on Wednesday of the man suspected of attacking a student near campus and forcing her into his car last week.

The student was walking near campus on Ophir Avenue toward Veteran Avenue just after midnight May 6 when a man approached her from a parked Honda sedan, according to the UCLA Police Department.

The attacker reached into the woman's sweater and took her cellphone, police said.

He then forced her into his car and lifted her shirt, police said. The student used her pepper spray on the attacker and ran away.

The man was described as an Asian man, 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with short spiky hair. He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, light-colored jeans and cloth necklace, police said.

His car was described as a dark Honda sedan, possibly an Accord, with a jade pendant hanging from the rear view mirror.

The attack comes after a rash of assaults were reported on the Los Angeles campus.

In April, a UCLA student saw a man peering over the shower next to her stall. That same day, another student saw someone holding a cellphone over the shower.

A 30- to 40-year-old-man sexually assaulted a female student as she was walking near the UCLA campus in March.

In January, a woman was sexually assaulted at a dance party west of campus. That same month, three peeping Toms were seen west of UCLA. One arrest was made in that case.

Anyone with information was asked to call UCLA Police Detective Shear 310-825-1491 in reference to report #14-0885. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 310-794-5824 or at lacrimestoppers.com.

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