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Cal State Northridge Police Warn Female Students About Bathroom Peeper

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NORTHRIDGE (CBSLA.com) — Cal State Northridge campus police are warning female students to be on the lookout for a peeper.

Officials say the unidentified man has photographed at least two women who were using bathrooms in university buildings.

The most recent incident occurred on Wednesday, around 8 p.m., in a first-floor restroom at Bayramian Hall. (That building houses more than a dozen student services departments including Financial Aid and Student Outreach.)

A woman told police she was in a stall when someone reached over the door holding a cellphone. She said the suspect took a photo before fleeing.

The victim did not see the suspect’s face, but said he was wearing a green shirt, dark jeans and black skater-style shoes.

In a similar incident last month, officials said the victim described a white male with blond hair and red clothing, who reached over a stall while she was in a bathroom at the College of Education building. That suspect also took a photo.

The victim said the man’s phone was inside a white plastic case.

KCAL9’s Rachel Kim went to the campus Saturday evening and ran into many women who were disgusted and outraged.

“It’s pretty surprising … just how bold someone would be to walk into a woman’s bathroom,” said student Amberle Huber. “I feel very violated. It doesn’t have to be physical … it’s a complete mental, emotional violation.”

“It’s kind of creepy, I’m not going to lie,” said Brenda Cardenas.

Kim reported awareness about the two incidents is keeping many women on alert.

“For the past three weeks, there’s been warnings,” said student Phyllis Chung, “the warnings are now everywhere.”

In another instance, a female student woke in her dorm room to find a male stranger standing over her and touching her leg. Students were warned about four other suspects who cornered women who were able to escape.

“Just knowing that this is [all] out there, it’s scary,” said Cardenas.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact campus police at (818) 677-3826.

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