Community crime bulletin: Assault with injury reported

To: UCSC Community

From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is investigating a report of an assault causing injury (Case No. 14-1068) by an unknown male subject that occurred on November 12, at 7:55 p.m. on Heller Drive near the north side Porter College bus stop.

While the victim was walking towards the bus stop, an unknown make or model sedan, dark colored, driving westbound on Heller Drive, entered the bicycle lane and drove towards her.  An unknown male front passenger threw an object, striking the victim in the shoulder.  This caused the victim to stumble towards the vehicle where the victim was struck by the vehicle's bumper.  The vehicle and occupants sped from the area in an unknown direction.

In a separate incident (Case No. 14-1069) at 10:45 p.m., a female student reported that while she was walking southbound on Hagar Drive, near the bus stop at Steinhart Way, an unknown Latino male adult,  30 to 35 years old, average build with short black hair and a beard around his jawline with no mustache, approached her in his vehicle, a dark green or black four-door Honda, possibly a Civic with unknown license plate.  The male subject offered to provide the woman with a ride downtown, which she found suspicious and refused.  The driver then sped off on Hagar Drive towards the base of campus.  It is unknown if there were any passengers. 

It is unknown if the two incidents are related, but because of the timing both incidents are included in this bulletin.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information about either of these incidents is encouraged to contact the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231 ext. 1.
Safety Tips:
- Always be alert to your surroundings.  Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
- Report all crimes, suspicious persons, activity or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department immediately.
- Try to describe suspects and/or behaviors.
- Trust your instincts.  If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area.

Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231

This Bulletin is in Compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).