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STOCKTON (CBS13) – San Joaquin Delta College students are on high alert after a violent campus crime in broad daylight.
Police say a female student was walking in a dimly lit hallway Friday morning. When she turned around a corner, a man punched her in the face and pressed her against a wall.
“As he pushed her up against the wall he reached under her shirt and fondled her breast and also fondled her crotch region,” said Delta College officer Jim Bock.
The victim sustained minor injuries to her face during the assault.
The groping is the latest in a series of similar attacks over the past year—many happening in stairwells. The all involve women walking alone in an isolated area of the Stockton campus, though police believe the incidents are not related.
Students like Teresa Huang are on edge following the latest assault.
“That’s really scary because usually in the morning I’m here by myself; it’s just kind of frightening something would happen just here. We’re almost here every day,” Huang said.
Police say they’ve increased patrols on walkways and in parking lots and buildings. Many students are taking precautions and heeding warnings not to be alone.
“I’m going more indoors and places where people could witness it if I get assaulted or something,” said Anna Ho.
This latest assault happened so fast, the victim didn’t get a good look at her attacker. Investigators are reviewing video, hoping cameras outside the building caught a glimpse.
Police say they’ve put surveillance cameras all over campus but we took a look around and don’t see any here — and there isn’t much of a suspect description. Cops are asking anyone with info to come forward immediately.