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Suspect in Custody After Female Student Sexually Assaulted at Mesa College: SDCCD Police

A man believed to be connected with a daytime sexual assault on the Mesa College campus has been taken into custody, the college said Saturday.

The suspect, who was described as a 21-year-old man, was taken detained by San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) police Friday night, less than 12 hours after the alleged sexual assault occurred. 

College police said that at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, the man walked with the student from the Social & Behavioral Sciences building to the lawn outside of the Learning Resource Center, where he tried to pin her down and make inappropriate contact with her.

The victim was able to push the suspect off of her and flee the area, police said.

The suspect was seen walking toward the I-400 building but he was not found during a search of the area. He was taken into custody later that night, SDCCD police said. 

It was not clear if the suspect was a student at the college. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call College Police at (619) 388-6405, the San Diego Police at (619) 531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.

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