ISLA VISTA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is investigating the rape and severe beating of a 19-year-old UCSB student. Authorities say several suspects were involved.
The crime occurred sometime between 11 p.m. on Saturday and 4 a.m. on Sunday. The woman told police she was raped and beaten by at least three men. It happened somewhere between the UC Santa Barbara campus and Isla Vista. Authorities said the victim was seen walking on Embarcadero Del Mar near Segovia Road.
The suspects are described as Asian adult men. The victim was released from the hospital and is now at home with her family.
This attack is the second sexual assault in Isla Vista in as many days. On Saturday, a man assaulted a woman along the 65 hundred block of Del Playa Drive. The suspect in this case is still on the loose.
In January, two men and a teenage boy were arrested for allegedly raping a UCSB student in Isla Vista. That case is still pending.
Anyone with information about the weekend attacks is asked to contact UCSB Police or The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.
On Monday, UCSB released the following statement regarding the attack:
The University is deeply concerned about the attack this weekend on a student of ours. The University of California Police Department (UCPD) is working closely with local law enforcement to investigate the crime. In response to the report, we have increased UCPD patrols on campus and in the community to provide an added measure of security.
The safety and welfare of our students and our campus community is our highest priority. The University has robust education and prevention programs to raise community awareness about sexual assault. The University's CSO Escort Program also provides courtesy escorts for students and community members traveling on campus and in Isla Vista during nighttime hours. We will work with our students, faculty and staff through training, prevention and support programs to continue to raise awareness about sexual assault.
The University supports survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking through the CARE Program. Support is available to survivors, friends, and family members of survivors. Students, faculty and staff can access confidential advocates 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the CARE Advocacy Line at 805-839-4613.