Community crime bulletin: Attempted kidnapping, assault with injury, false imprisonment with violence

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police

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The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the public's help with its investigation into a reported attempted kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and false imprisonment with violence at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the North Remote Parking Lot.

Officers sent a Cruz Alert Thursday night, and later learned additional details about the crime.

The victim reported that after entering the driver's side of her vehicle in the North Remote Parking Lot, a suspect unknown to the victim emerged from the backseat and held a knife to her demanding she start the engine. The victim was able to open the driver's side door and ran for help. Two men in a nearby vehicle helped her call 911.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s,  about 5 feet 9 inches tall and between 150 and 160 pounds. He has blond or light brown hair with a "scruffy" or several-days-old beard. He was wearing a light gray hoodie. A sketch of the suspect is attached.

The suspect is still outstanding and may pose a threat to members of our community. Please consider carefully whether your presence at the area where this incident occurred could place you in danger.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1.

Safety Tips
No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects.

•    Immediately report all crimes, suspicious people, activity or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.
•    Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers.
•    Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area.
•    Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.
•    Use the Night Safety Escort Program, Monday through Thursday evening from 8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. by calling (831) 459-2231. More information can be found online.

Campus Resources
For students, a range of support services is available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services and support through a Confidential Victim Advocate. More information can be found online.

For student and employees, the Office of Harassment and Discrimination, Prevention and Investigation Unit can provide assistance and can be reached at (831) 459-2462.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support. More information can be found online.

Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911.

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).