Public's Help Sought to Find Attacker Who Forced UCLA Student Into Car

The student used pepper spray on her attacker and escaped after she was forced into the man's car

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    A UCLA student walking near campus was attacked by a would-be kidnapper. She used pepper spray to escape. The attack may be related to other recent incidents involving students in the area. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014)

    Police are asking for the public's help to find a man who attacked a UCLA student in the latest string of campus assaults.

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

    The attacker demanded the woman hand over her belongings before he reached into her 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 attacker 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.

    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.

    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.

    "I think it's just because it's one of those things where if it hasn't happened to you or somebody you know, you think it doesn't or it can't happen to you, " UCLA student Veronica Duarte said. "But it's been happening more often."

    Other Southern California college campuses reported similar incidents, including two attempted abductions within an hour at UC Riverside in April.

    In March, A man asked to hug a female student on the CSU Northridge campus before grabbing her buttocks and running away.

    NBC4's John Cádiz Klemack contributed to this report.

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