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UCSB Police Investigating Attempted Sexual Assault On Campus

E-mail alert sent out to students early Saturday morning

UCSB Sexual Assault Investigation

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB Police are searching for a man who they say tried to sexually assault a woman near the campus lagoon early Saturday morning.

The victim told police a man attacked her around 12:45 a.m. on Lagoon Service Road near the San Rafael stairs.  She was walking alone. The man tried to sexually assault her, then ran off toward Isla Vista. It's unknown if the woman was injured.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 foot 7 inches, and 25-years-old. He was wearing a grey UCSB sweatshirt with a hood and dark colored sweatpants.

The alleged attack comes as finals get underway and one day before the first round of graduation ceremonies begin.

Students on campus were reluctant to talk. But, one student says she was studying for her German final when she got the news that the incident happened just outside her dorm at San Rafael Hall. 

"We just got an email informing us that there was a sexual assault that had gone on. Police were notified and we also got Facebook notifications from our RA telling us to stay inside that the situation was being handled," said  Maribel Magana.

Female students have been on high alert since the brutal gang rape and beating of a 19-year-old student on campus in February. The suspects in that case still haven't been caught.

UCSB Student Beisi Li said,  "I feel like if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen. It doesn't really matter which campus.  It could be UCLA.  It could be Berkeley tomorrow. Nobody knows."

Students are also still reeling from the May 23rd murders of 7 people in Isla Vista.

Magana said, "After the tragedy, we're a little bit saddened and then just hearing about this makes us a little bit more disappointed that things like this are still happening. We want them to stop. Its time for a change."

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