A man dressed in a crop top, miniskirt and blonde wig sexually assaulted another man on the campus of San Diego City College over the weekend, officials told NBC 7 Monday.
According to the college police’s account, the suspect was bold. They say he came onto campus at about 7:15 Sunday morning and attacked a man on the patio in front of the administration building, forcing the victim to perform a sex act. The location is roughly the center of campus.
Neither the victim nor the suspect is a student or associated with the campus, police say.
The suspect is described as a dark-skinned, 30-year-old man, standing 5-foot-11-inches to 6-feet tall and weighing between 180 to 200 pounds.
At the time of the assault, he was wearing a black miniskirt, black crop top and a blonde wig held in a ponytail. He was also carrying brown high-heeled shoes, police say.
The student body was notified about the incident in a campuswide email, which put many on alert.
“It makes me more aware as I continue my education here that I need to have a buddy,” student Twyla Robinson said.
Student advocate Juan Carlos defended City College's safety record despite this incident and an unrelated sexual battery complaint reported by a female student last March
“It's a very safe campus. You can't catch everything all the time,” Carlos said.
Campus is bordered by city streets with many public entrances and exits, and a busy bus stop sits nearby, as do a trolley stop and an overpass transients often use for shelter.
City College is a commuter campus. Classes start as early as 7:30 a.m., and some last until after dark. Not everyone students encounter on campus is there for an education.
“I come here. It’s a beautiful campus and I admire the beauty. Now it makes me more scared,” student Angelica Zuluaga said.
Campus police do offer safety escorts to assist students and visitors to campus. You can schedule one by calling police dispatch at 619-388-6405.
The school also offers courses like a “rape aggression defense" class, where the curriculum includes lessons on awareness, avoidance and martial arts.
If you know anything about the incident, call college police at 619-388-6405, the San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-TIPS.