Monday, November 26, 2007

El Camino College student assaulted

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 20-year-old female student at knifepoint after an evening class at El Camino College this week, officials said today.
After a dance class in the women’s gymnasium Tuesday, the woman walked around a corner to a soda machine on her way to meet her mother in a nearby parking lot, El Camino College Police Chief Steve Port said today. A man approached her at knifepoint near the vending machine, took her behind the women’s gym to an alcove near the locker room, where he sexually assaulted her for 15 to 20 minutes, Port said.
After the assault, the victim called 911 from her cellphone, Port said, and a campus police cadet walking nearby heard her sobbing and went to help her. The victim’s mother, curious about the arrival of emergency vehicles and equipment, left her car and walked over to the area, finding her daughter being attended to by paramedics, Port said.
The woman was taken to a hospital, where she stayed overnight, and evidence was gathered and sent to the county crime lab, Port said. As of Wednesday, she was home with her family, officials said.
Port said the area was “fairly well populated” in the evening. He said police hoped the public would provide tips and that a student might have seen something.
“When he grabs her, he’s holding the knife, he has a ski mask on, a hood over the ski mask, all in black dark clothes, a non-police person is still going to see this person and know it’s not Halloween,” Port said

Sunday, November 11, 2007

An Augsburg freshman says four women called her racist and punched her on election night after seeing her McCain-Palin button.

An Augsburg freshman says four women called her racist and punched her on election night after seeing her McCain-Palin button. By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune Last update: November 11, 2008 - 11:05 PM An Augsburg College student and Sarah Palin supporter from Alaska was beaten on election night while walking to her dorm and was called a racist by a group of four young women because she had on a McCain/Palin presidential campaign button, authorities and the victim said. Annie Grossmann, a freshman on the Minneapolis college's hockey team, suffered blurred vision and is thought to have had a concussion from a punch in the eye, but declined medical attention, she said. Through her mother, Grossmann, 18, of Delta Junction, reported the assault to campus security the next morning, and Minneapolis police were notified that afternoon. No arrests have been made. Grossmann said she was in a dorm lobby with a handful of fellow Republicans watching election returns with "a bunch of Democrats around next to me, cheering [Barack] Obama on and rubbing it in our faces." Once it was obvious that Obama was going to win, Grossmann said, she left the building alone shortly after 9:30 p.m. and headed to her room. Under a skyway connecting the two buildings, four women "bigger than I am" came up to her, she said. "One approached me and got in my face and called me racist because I had the pin on. That really ticked me off, but I kind of left it alone because she was so much bigger than I am," said Grossmann. She is 5 feet 2 and weighs 120 pounds, and played boys high school hockey in Alaska. "The girls in the background were just a little bigger than me. They were mocking me from the sidelines. "I didn't say anything. ... This one [bigger] girl grabbed me by the shoulders and was holding me. After about five minutes, I just wanted to get out of there." Grossmann, who is white, said she told the women, who were black, "You guys don't even know me. There's no reason to think I'm racist." At that point, she said, she pushed the bigger one in the group, and "she punched me, and the back of my head hit a brick wall." "'Are you serious?''' she recalled saying to the women. After cursing at Grossmann, the women left, and "I held my eye and went to my room."

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Temple University Student Attacked in Classroom Building

Police say a female Temple University student was physically and sexually assaulted in classroom building as classes were in session.Investigators say the 22-year-old woman had been attending a class at Temple's 12-story Anderson Hall when her assailant attacked her in a hallway and pulled her into a bathroom on Thursday night.

Police say the man choked, sexually assaulted and beat the woman before taking off with her school bag and cell phone. She remains hospitalized in stable condition with a concussion and other injuries.Temple police are working with Philadelphia authorities and reviewing security tapes to try to identify the assailant. Temple spokesman Ray Betzner says security guards are being reminded to continue checking student and faculty identification cards at all campus buildings.