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UCLA On Alert After 7 Sexual Assaults

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A suspect has been arrested in one of the assaults, but police are still searching for a man believed to have groped at least six women.

A sixth assault, in a series of incidents since early March, occurred on Wednesday, UCLA Police announced Friday. A man has been approaching women, usually distracted talking on their cell phones, and grabbing their crotches, according to a campus crime alert (.pdf). A pattern has developed, thus far, with all attacks occurring between 3:30 and 6:45 p.m. on Westwood Plaza between Charles E. Young Drive South and just south of Le Conte Avenue.

The suspect (seen right) is described as a Hispanic man with dark complexion and brown eyes and is approximately 40-60 years old, 5’3”-5’6”, 150-180 lbs, has a pot belly and wears various hats, such as a “farmers” or baseball hat.

A seventh and separate attack also occurred on March 31st, reported MyFoxLA. "In that assault, which occurred outside the Covel Commons building, the victim was returning from a party when a man forced her down on the groun in a wooded area, straddled her and pulled up her dress before abruptly stopping and leaving," the news station said.