FULLERTON (CBSLA) – Authorities are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a female student in the elevator of a parking structure on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in the early morning hours Tuesday.
The rape occurred at around midnight in an elevator of the Nutwood parking structure, according to the CSU Fullerton Police Department. The elevator has see-through glass windows.
“She felt a presence behind her, spun around, and there was a male standing there that grabbed her by the neck and she either fell or went to the ground, where he raped her as the elevator was going from the first to the fourth floor,” CSU Fullerton police Capt. Scot Willey told CBS2.
The suspect did not say anything or show a gun. No further details were provided.
Police said the rape happened just across the street from where a retired administrator was stabbed to death the week before classes started.
“It’s kind of terrifying it was in a parking lot, because bad things have already happened in the Nutwood parking lot,” Paige Barr, a freshman at CSU said.
Several students told CBS2 the attack has left them wary.
“The parking lot is kind of dimly lit usually at night,” student Sascha Aguilar said. “I’ve been there at night a couple times by myself, so it’s pretty scary to think that it could really happen to anyone.”
No surveillance photos of the man were immediately released. The suspect was described as white, about 25-years-old, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds with shoulder-length brown hair, light blue or green eyes and a small mole near his right eye. He was wearing a plain navy blue t-shirt and black shorts.
Anyone with information was asked to call police.