A sketch of a suspect in a sexual battery reported at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. Image courtesy Delta College Police.
STOCKTON - San Joaquin Delta College police have released a sketch of a suspect in a sexual battery reported Wednesday on campus.
Delta College Police Officer Jim Bock said the victim was walking alone in the southeast stairwell on the second floor of the Cunningham Building at about 11:50 a.m. when a man came up behind her, grabbed her buttocks and fondled her breasts. She said she fought him off and he ran.
The suspect is described as black, 25 to 30 years old and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had a short, scruffy beard, bushy eyebrows and acne, according to the victim. He wore a dirty black pullover sweatshirt with a front pocket, tan cargo pants, and black Converse shoes with white laces. The victim described the suspect's teeth as dirty and said he had body odor.
Campus police said they're maintaining a high level of patrol, and they're also stressing that most of the crimes on campus involved a lone person in an isolated area, so they're asking students to do their part to walk in groups as much as possible and to stay alert.
Since last week's sexual battery, the morning walk to class is a source of every day fear for students like Natalie Morlino.
"I come in the mornings, and I'm by myself when I go to class, so when I'm walking up the stairwells I feel like I'm constantly having to watch my back," Morlino said.
It isn't just the sexual battery attack that has students worried. Campus police sent students crime alert emails, and released surveillance video of possible suspects involved in an attempted robbery of a male student waiting for his ride to pick him up after class.
Investigators hope someone will recognize the people in the video and the artist rendering of the sexual battery suspect.
"I think it's really helpful 'cause you can tell, I mean if you see this person, I think it will help you to find the person who did that act last week," freshman Kelly Alonzo said.
"That's helpful because it's good for us because we have night classes," sophomore Madina Omar added. "It's going to be dangerous for us."
Police said they are looking into similarities between last week's attack and earlier incidents, but for now there's no information to suggest that this is a serial attacker.