A man described as “filthy” in appearance and sporting dreadlocks attacked two women on campus in front of the L-Building Â on May 15 around noon, according to a Campus Police. The man fled after being yelled at and pepper sprayed by a witness.
The suspect screamed at a woman walking on Colorado Boulevard and attempted to beat her with his fists. Â A second woman intervened and pepper sprayed the suspect, but the suspect charged her when she tried to get away from the scene. That information was included in a â€œWanted Flyerâ€ being posted around the campus.
Campus Police Sgt. Steve Matchan said security on campus is on high alert and the Pasadena City Police Department (PPD) is working with them on the investigation.
â€œWe have put it on our Twitter account this morning; we are sending out alert e-messages as we speak,â€ he said.
Matchan said it was brave of the witnesses to help protect the first victim.
â€œWe are very proud of the student who assisted her,â€ said Matchan. â€œThe students assisted the victim in this case and she was assisting the student …Weâ€™re looking into everything we can to get this person identified.â€
Because the suspect appeared to be â€œfilthyâ€ and was allegedly never seen on campus before or recognized by anyone on campus, Campus Police and the PPD are looking for a transient.
Pasadena Police are inspecting all their homeless area shelters to try to identify the suspect, said Matchan. No one has seen the man on this campus before, and he was on the Colorado [Boulevard] side, so he doesnâ€™t appear to be a student, he said.
The suspect is said to be light skinned, 28 to 45 years old and thin. He was last seen wearing a beige shirt, a green jacket, tan pants, and carrying a black and white checkered backpack. He might also have a beard.
Anyone who sees a person matching the suspectâ€™s description should call Campus Police at (626) 585-7484.
Police Chief Don Yoder said that it was good to be prepared for situations where attacks such as these might occur. Â He recommended the collegeâ€™s Rape and Defense program, also known as RAD to students and staff on campus.