This email is being sent to the campus community as a Timely Warning regarding a crime that occurred on campus-adjacent public property. The following is provided for your personal safety.
On the early morning of Wednesday 10/3/18, the Isla Vista Foot Patrol received a report of an attempted rape that occurred at Southwest corner of Camino Pescadero at Picasso Road at 00:15 AM. The female victim was walking Northbound on the 800 block of Camino Pescadero. The male suspect came out from the bushes near the Southwest corner of Camino Pescadero at Picasso Road. The suspect struck the victim several times and then attempted to drag the victim into the bushes. The victim fought back and was able to escape.
The suspect is described as a male in his 20's, approximately 5'09" to 5'10", thin build, dark skin, with short dark facial hair. The suspect was wearing a dark colored hoodie with the hood over his head, and wearing dark colored pants. The suspect is not known to the victim.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (SBSO) is investigating this crime. If you have information that might assist in the investigation, please contact SBSO at (805) 681-4100, or report crime information anonymously at www.sbsheriff.org/anonymous
UCPD reminds the campus community of the following safety tips and resources:
- If you feel you are being followed, try to get the attention of people nearby, run/walk to a well-lit and/or more populated area, and call 911 to ask for help.
- If you are going out alone, make sure that someone knows where you are going, who you will be with, and when you expect to return.
- If you start to feel concerns about a person or a situation, trust your instincts and try to remove yourself as quickly as possible from the potential threat.
- If you think someone is at risk of assault or abuse, you should consider it an emergency and act to support that person. You can call the police or ask for help from other people, intervene directly if safe, or create a distraction to help remove the potential victim from the situation.
- The UCSB CARE office provides confidential support and advocacy to students who have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. Call (805) 893-4613 any time (24/7) for confidential help. CARE website: wgse.sa.ucsb.edu/care
- Information about UCSB’s policies and support resources for sexual violence can be found at: sexualviolence.ucsb.edu.
- The UCSB Police Department’s CSO Safety Escort Program is a free service provided to members of the UCSB community as a safe alternative to walking alone at night. Call (805) 893-2000 to request a CSO escort.
**UCPD encourages printing and posting of this Timely Warning for further community notification.**
WHAT IS THIS NOTICE?
In compliance with the Clery Act, Timely Warnings are issued by the UCSB Police Department when certain (Clery Act) crimes occurring on campus property, properties controlled by campus-affiliated organizations, or public property immediately adjacent to campus are determined to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Timely Warnings are intended to prevent similar crimes and to provide information that will assist community members in protecting themselves.