Story by Omar Reyes/Staff Writer/@salar0895
The victim assaulted near Building K on the LAC on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at around 9 p.m., has been identified as 19-year-old Caroline Herrera, according to news outlets.
According to email, Long Beach College Police responded to an incident at 9:21 p.m. Herrera (while walking from class to a parking lot) was hit in the face and her iPhone was stolen while she was making a call, according to NBC news.
LBCC released a description of the suspect, who is described as an African-American male, 5’7” to 5’8”, 150 lbs and wearing a black shirt with horizontal stripes on half of the shirt and black pants.
According to an update via email, LBCC stated that “The suspect is still at large, and the Long Beach Police Department is actively investigating the incident.”
According to ABC News, Herrera has been deeply impacted by the assault and was forced to drop out of college and quit her job.
“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 that security 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 for 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 there is an emergency, a crime in progress or if students see an incident requiring police.
Students and staff who are alone may use evening safety escorts which are available at both campuses.
Anyone with information on the incident or questions may contact the Long Beach Police, City College Section at (562) 938-4910 or visit the Public Safety Building X at the LAC campus.
Students and staff who request evening safety escorts may call (562) 938-4910 or (562) 435-6711.