An intruder thought to have trespassed on Occidental’s campus between 7:30 and 11 a.m. Friday engaged in lewd, lascivious behavior while in students’ residence halls, according to an email Chief of Campus Safety Victor Clay sent to the Occidental community at 2:11 p.m that day.
The suspect entered three halls — Pauley, Braun and Newcomb. According to students’ Facebook posts, he stole women’s underwear and masturbated in bathrooms shared by residents. He has also been associated with used condoms left on the premises and crude messages written on residents’ whiteboards including “suck my big cock” and “swallow my cum.”
The suspect, identified by four independent witnesses, was described as a Caucasian or Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old, between 5’6 and 5’11 with facial acne and arm tattoos. He was wearing a red hat, gray hoodie and baggy jeans, witnesses said.
Students said the suspect also entered Braun a week prior, but Clay said this incident was not reported to Campus Safety.
Clay emphasized the gravity of the issue, warning students to be aware of their surroundings and take precautions for their safety. In an email sent at 7:36 p.m. Friday, Clay informed students that Campus Safety is in the process of reviewing security camera footage and interviewing witnesses. High-visibility patrols would be conducted throughout the night, he said.
In response to the trespassing, Acting Dean of Students Erica O’Neal Howard sent an email at 5:20 p.m. Friday including a list of resources for students who may have been upset or triggered by the incident. She listed contact information for Project SAFE, Emmons Wellness Center, the Dean of Students Office, Title IX Coordinator Ruth Jones and Campus Safety.
Community members with relevant information should contact Campus Safety Investigator Wendy Carrillo at [email protected].
Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity or a person matching the description above should call Campus Safety immediately.
Campus Safety can be reached at (323) 259-2599.