Content warning: this warning addresses a report of sexual assault. Resources are available on and off campus to provide assistance. Visit https://eeotix.usc.edu/report/confidential-and-private-resources/ for resources and support.

Reported Offense: Rape

Date & Time of Occurrence: 11/01/2023 3:00 a.m.

Location: 3600 block of South Grand Avenue

Report Number: 2306050

Incident Description: A female student took a Lyft ride from a club in West Hollywood to her apartment near the University Park Campus. When they arrived at her apartment, the Lyft driver raped the student in his car.

Vehicle Description: Black sedan

Suspect Description (provided by reporting party):

Age:25 to 35 years old
Eye Color:Unknown
Hair Color:Black
Weight:Thin build
Additional Description:With a black colored beard.

If you are in immediate DANGER, call the Los Angeles Police Department at 911 or the USC Department of Public Safety 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 have information relevant to the crime(s) reflected in this alert, immediately call DPS at (213) 740-6000 for the University Park Campus (UPC), (323) 442-1000 for the Health Sciences Campus (HSC) or (213) 485-6571 for the LAPD Southwest Division.

The purpose of this warning is to aid in the prevention of similar crimes by alerting the community about the incident and to provide information which allows individuals to make informed decisions about their personal safety.

No action or inaction by a sexual assault survivor makes that person responsible for another person’s abusive or criminal conduct. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are time-sensitive decisions to make about preventing sexually transmitted infections, preventing pregnancy and collecting physical evidence. 

Individuals who have been sexually assaulted should immediately go to a safe location and call a trusted friend. Preserve all physical evidence of the assault, even if you are unsure whether you want to report the crime to law enforcement. Seek medical care as soon as possible. 

Contact USC’s Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP) at (213) 740-4900, available 24 hours, for medical resources, emotional support and advocacy. 

If you believe you are the victim of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault it is important for you to have blood and urine tests as soon as possible to determine the presence of drugs. Delayed reporting and the passage of time can significantly impact the ability of testing to detect the presence of drugs. 

Symptoms of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault may include drowsiness, confusion, sudden physical weakness especially in the limps, impaired motor skills, inability to walk or talk, weakness, impaired memory, reduced inhibitions, unconsciousness and or a strange sensation of being paralyzed. The Violence Intervention Program Sexual Assault Center at LAC+USC and or the Rape Treatment Center Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center can provide necessary medical services and testing for the presence of drugs.