09-30-2011 Safety Notice

California State University, Chico

Drew Calandrella, Vice President of Student Affairs Captain Robyn Hearne, University Police September 30, 2011

The Chico Police Department is investigating two recent assaults which appear to be related and involve CSUC students.  These incidents could have been attempted kidnappings.  The two incidents are summarized as follows:

On 9/18/11 at 4:30 a.m., a female CSUC student reported that she was walking in the area of 5th and Flume Streets when she walked past a black sedan.  A white male jumped out of the passenger seat and sprayed her with pepper spray.  The victim screamed and began to call 9-1-1.  The male suspect jumped back into the vehicle, and the vehicle was driven away.

On 9/25/11 at 5:50 a.m., a female CSUC student reported that while walking in the area of 8th and Hazel Streets, a black sedan pulled up alongside her.  A white male jumped out of the passenger seat and sprayed her with pepper spray.  He pushed her to the sidewalk.  She began screaming and fighting back, kicking the suspect.  The suspect then let go of her and fled in the vehicle. 

In both instances, the vehicle was described as a black sedan, similar to a BMW or Lexus.  The suspect in both instances was described as a white male in his early 20’s, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing dark clothing.

Chico Police are asking anyone who may have information about these incidents to contact their Department at 895-4911.  

The CSU, Chico Police Department would like to remind our students and other members of our campus community to immediately report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.  It is important to note that in both of these instances, the suspect(s) targeted women who were walking alone in the very early morning hours on empty streets.  Due to these incidents, the CSU, Chico Police Department encourages all members of our campus community to stay in groups, in well-lit areas, while walking during hours of darkness.

Nothing is more important to us than your safety so please use extra care and caution--especially late at night and early morning hours.  Below are additional tips and advice that each individual can use to reduce his or her chance of being victimized. The tips below are based on safe practices as advised by law enforcement and information gathered from earlier incidents:

  • If at all possible, travel in groups.  Avoid walking home alone at night. Whether alone or with others, pick a well-lit route, and avoid areas that are isolated.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t get distracted in public talking on a cell phone call or listening to an iPod so that you are unaware of other people.
  • If you going from one location to another on campus, the Campus Connection Shuttle Service can provide a ride after dark. Use the blue light phones on campus or call 898-5555 to ask for a ride. The shuttle travels to the main campus, parking structure, parking lots and University Village.

For additional safety tips and information on the CSU, Chico Police Department’s safety programs, including the RAD women’s self-defense class and the Campus Connection safety shuttle, please visit our website at www.csuchico.edu/up