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Woman Allegedly Dragged Into Car and Sexually Assaulted on Campus

A composite sketch of the man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in a parking lot at Fresno City College in September 2017.

Photo by: State Center Community College Police Department

A composite sketch of the man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in a parking lot at Fresno City College in September 2017.

Story By: Ashleigh Panoo, Editor-in-Chief

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A woman was reportedly dragged into the back of a car in September and sexually assaulted at Fresno City College, according to the State Center Community College District Police Department.

Police say the woman was walking to her car in parking lot D at about 10:30 p.m. on a Wednesday in late September when the alleged sexual assault occurred. Parking lot D is near the Math/Science building and faces McKinley Avenue.

A man allegedly dragged her into the backseat of a silver 4-door Nissan Altima and sexually assaulted her.

The man is described as 6-foot-1-inch, 180 pounds, light-complected, Hispanic, in his 20s, brown hair and eyes, unshaven, and wearing a black t-shirt, dark jean and white tennis shoes.

Campus police were only made aware of the incident on Nov. 21, according to district spokeswoman Lucy Ruiz, and they are now investigating. The victim did not specify a certain date, making it difficult to find witnesses, Ruiz said.

Campus police said they will step up patrols during the next few weeks as the semester ends and the investigation continues.

Police escorts to the parking lots are available by calling 559-244-6140. Students and faculty should try to walk in groups to their cars, staying away from hidden doorways, shrubs and other areas where people can hide, police say.

Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity is also encouraged to call 559-244-6140 to report it.

Reporter Seth Casey contributed to this story.

 

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Ashleigh Panoo, Editor-in-Chief

Ashleigh Panoo, 28, is in her fifth semester at The Rampage and her third semester as editor-in-chief. She also works part-time as a student writer at The Fresno Bee. Although originally from Caruthers, she now resides in Selma with her husband and 10-year-old son.

Ashleigh has always been interested in writing and is happy to have gotten the chance to write for The Rampage. It’s taken her out of her comfort zone and into things she never thought she’d do.

She hopes to transfer to Fresno State soon to finish her bachelor’s degree in media, communications and journalism, with an emphasis in print journalism.

Although she isn’t allowed to have pets at her apartment, Ashleigh considers herself a cat person. It’s not that she has anything against dogs; she just thinks cats are better in every single way.

She loves going to concerts and traveling around California. Ashleigh doesn’t know what “spare time” is, but if she had any and was smart, she’d use it to sleep, and maybe to read more.

Follow Ashleigh on Twitter @ashleighpan

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