Community Crime Alert: Police release sketch of suspect


The UC Santa Cruz Police Department continues to investigate the sexual assault and battery case reported on February 17, 2013. We are asking for the community's help in providing any information that would assist in identifying the suspect. With the assistance of the victim, this sketch was developed.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, 30 to 40 years of age, with pale colored skin with a round shaped face, 5'-10" to 5'-11" tall, and weighing at least 200 lbs. with a muscular-stocky build. He has dark black, medium length hair, green eyes, and a dark black large growth full mustache goatee combination.  More suspect information can be found at

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is working closely with the City of Santa Cruz Police Department, conducting extra patrols on the campus and at outlying facilities in an effort to identify the suspect in this case, as well as those suspects involved in two incidents that occurred earlier this week in the City of Santa Cruz.

On Wednesday, February 20, representatives from the UC Santa Cruz Police Department and City of Santa Cruz Police Department will hold a public forum to discuss recent events. This will take place at 7 p.m., on the UC Santa Cruz Campus with more details to be provided.

It is understandable that recent events may have created a sense of anxiety for members of the community.  We want to assure the community that we are doing everything possible to investigate these crimes, and keep the community safe. We also want to remind you that resources are available to help members of our campus community manage and cope in stressful situations such as these:

• Students can access support through Counseling and Psychological Services at the Student Health Center at 831-459-2628.

• Staff and faculty may access counseling support through the Employee Assistance Program at 866-808-6205.

In the meantime, anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231. Reports may also be made ANONYMOUSLY to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 831-459-3TIP (459-3847) or online at

Tips may also be transmitted to the City of Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit by calling (831) 420-5820. ANONYMOUS information regarding this incident may be also left on the City of Santa Cruz Police Department TIP LINE (831) 420-5995 or through their mobile iPhone and Android App.

Safety Reminders:
Always be alert to your surroundings.

Walk in groups whenever you can – there is always safety in numbers.

Let a friend or family member know your destination, as well as estimated time of arrival or return. That way, the police can be notified as quickly as possible if there is a problem.

Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.  Use designated pathways and roadways.  Avoid areas that are isolated.

Trust your instincts.  If something makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.

Immediately report all suspicious persons, incidents, or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.

Save any evidence. Do not remove any evidence until officers are able to respond and investigate.

Thank you very much,

Nader Oweis, Chief of Police
University of California, Santa Cruz