Suspect still being sought in nighttime campus attack near K Building.
By Omar Reyes/Staff Writer/@salar0895
A student was assaulted near Building K on the LAC on Tuesday night, Feb. 9, police said.
According to a text alert, the Long Beach Police Department responded to an incident at 9:21 p.m. after the victim involved in the crime was hit in the face and a cell phone was stolen.
The victim’s name or gender has not been released nor has the extent of injuries. It is unknown if the victim was a student or a employee.
LBCC released a description of the suspect, who is described as an African-American male, 5-7 to 5-8, 150 pounds and wearing a black shirt with horizontal stripes on half of the shirt and black pants.
“It’s pretty surprising because you would think this campus is relatively safe because we all come here to learn,” said Gary Cambron, 23, a geology major taking an art course.
Cambron suggested police presence should be increased in the area and said students should walk around campus in numbers.
Trevor Norris, art gallery coordinator at LBCC, said the incident was “horrific” and suggested students to be aware of their surroundings. Norris said, “If you’re looking around and see someone suspicious, then you might be more aware.”
LBCC has released tips for students to be safe while on campus, which include dialing 9-1-1 immediately if an emergency occurs, a crime in progress or if people see an incident requiring police.
Students and employees who are alone may use evening safety escorts available at both campuses. They may call (562) 938-4910 or (562) 435-6711.
Anyone with information on the incident may contact the Long Beach Police, City College Section at (562) 938-4807 or visit the Public Safety Building X at the LAC.