VALENCIA ( — Authorities Friday were investigating two assaults that took place earlier this week at a community college in Valencia.

Both incidents occurred Wednesday at the College of the Canyons, the school said.

At around 4:15 p.m. that day, a female student was walking along Rockwell Canyon Road when a man approached her and tried to hand her a flyer.

“Suddenly a blue four-door Nissan Altima with tinted windows pulled to the curb, and the man grabbed the student in a ‘bear hug’ hold,” said officials.

The student kneed the man twice in the groin. He then released her, entered the car, and sped away southbound on Rockwell.

The suspect was described as a black man, 150 to 160 pounds and approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall. He is in his mid-20s, has short dark hair, and was wearing a red t-shirt, black zippered sweater, blue jeans and a black backpack at the time of the attack.

At about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, another student was sexually assaulted in a parking lot near Aliso Hall, the school said.

A man approached the woman and asked her if she was “interested  in taking pornographic pictures.”

The student told him no and started walking to her car.

The suspect followed her for a bit before grabbing her buttocks and running off.

Officials described the suspect as an Asian-Caucasian male in his mid-20s. He’s 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds with an athletic build. He was wearing a tan hoodie with jeans at the time of the attack.

Anyone with information about either suspect should contact the COC Campus Safety Office at (661)362-3229 or the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station at (661)255-1121.


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