Saturday , June 15 2024

Fresno State Police Say Sexual Assault Suspects Still on The Loose

A woman has been sexually assaulted on Fresno State’s campus, according to University Police. Police said on Wednesday that it is looking for three suspects. They said the attack happened last Thursday around midnight near the University Dining Hall. 

Police have not said yet if the female victim is a student, a staff member, or a visitor. Police described the suspects as black males between the ages of 17 and 22 years old. They said the suspects were wearing black hooded sweaters and dark colored jeans during the time of the assault. They are described as slim build and approximately 5’11”. Police said after the assault, the suspects drove off in a dark colored Mustang headed west on Scott Avenue.

“Is it really secure to even go outside or like, by yourself?” asked Yovana Juarez, a first year biology student.

Many Fresno State students were left wondering on Wednesday how safe are they on campus after the sexual assault occurred near the dining hall last Thursday.

Azulay Gomez questioned, “Can that happen to me, or is that a person I know, or have I encountered those people that assaulted the young girl? So, it brings a lot of questions to mind.”

Juarez and her friend Andrea Garcia said the assault was a little too close to home. Their dorm building is just across the way from where the attack happened.

Garcia said, “I was just so shocked when it happened. Literally right here.”

University Police suggested students stay alert when walking at night and said they should know where their nearest blue emergency phone is.

Lt. Jennifer Curwick Said, “Don’t walk alone, walk on well lit paths, walk with friends, a group.”

But some students, like Juarez and Garcia, said they would like to see more lights installed across campus.

“It’s dark, but there’s still a couple of people walking around,” said Garcia.

Juarez and Garcia said the incident has forced them to be more cautious.

University Police said the investigation on the sexual assault is still ongoing. If you have any information on this case you are urged to contact police.

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