Sexual Battery/Fondling

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 Incident description: A USC student was walking southbound on the west sidewalk of Vermont Avenue when the suspect walked up behind her and grabbed her buttocks. The suspect then ran southbound on Vermont Avenue.

Time & date of incident: 4:10 p.m. on April 27, 2021

Location: Vermont Avenue between 35th Street and 37th Street.

Suspect description: Male, Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 4 inches, 20- to 25-years-old, thin build, and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Suspect vehicle: No vehicle seen.

If you were in the vicinity during the time of this incident, DPS asks for your help in identifying the suspect. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact DPS at (213) 740-6000 or the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) at (213) 485-6571. If you are ever in immediate danger, call LAPD at 911 or DPS at (213) 740-4321.

Please note that race, ethnicity, gender and/or religious affiliation are NOT considered the basis for suspicion; only behaviors are considered suspicious.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault or battery, please consult the USC Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX for additional support, which includes USC Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Services.

DPS issued this crime alert for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.