Police are investigating at rape that reportedly happened during a party at California State University San Marcos’ QUAD Residence Hall -- the second sexual assault reported there in just one month.
Campus police issued a crime alert Saturday advising students and staff to take precautions. A woman reported being attacked sometime between the night of Sept. 12 and the morning of Sept. 14.
The 18-year-old suspect, who is not a student at Cal State San Marcos, had been invited inside the residence hall at 200 Barham Drive for a party, police said.
The man, believed to be an Orange County resident, is described as African American, 5 feet 8 inches, 170 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes.
This is the second sexual assault reported at the school’s QUAD Residence Hall in September. Another woman there said she was attacked sometime between Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 during a dorm party.
The suspect in the recently reported rape is not believed to be the same one as the Sept. 18 assault, officials said.
Anyone with information should call campus police at 760-750-4567 or the university’s SAFE hotline at 760-750-SAFE.
Students told NBC 7 the door to the QUAD Residence Hall is left propped open most of the day. Students said some dorms require guests to check in and check out, but not this one.
“We should probably do something about it because this is only the first month (of school), so we probably should get a little bit more security. Otherwise, it will just keep happening,” freshman Sam Sood said.
According to campus officials, a third sexual assault was reported at University Village Apartments. However, officials said both the victim and the suspect were cooperative, posing no threat to campus security, so no crime alert was issued.