Sexual assault and aggravated assault reported to SUDPS over weekend

Nov. 4, 2019, 11:47 p.m.

One sexual assault and one aggravated assault with possible sexual battery occurred between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, according to two AlertSU notifications sent to the campus community on Monday. 

A male individual choked a female individual inside a student residence at the 600-630 block of Escondido Road, according to a mandated reporter who brought the incident to campus authorities. The male individual was “endeavoring to engage in sexual activity with the woman and may have committed sexual battery,” according to the report on the incident, which occurred sometime between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. 

In a separate incident, a male suspect sexually assaulted a female individual despite her request that he stop at a Lagunita Court student residence sometime between late evening and early evening on Nov. 1-2. The incident was reported by a mandated reporter. 

The victim said that she had consumed alcohol earlier in the evening and one additional drink at the suspect’s dormitory, the AlertSU noted. It was reported that she believes the drink consumed at the suspect’s dorm rendered her incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse. 

Stanford public safety department spokesperson Bill Larson told The Daily that the only information the University has on the reported sexual assault is what was reported in the AlertSU. Larson did not respond to inquiries on the reported aggravated assault in time for publication.

In both incidents, the male suspect is known to the victim, but neither victim shared the perpetrator’s name or physical description with authorities. Both incidents were reported by a mandated reporter, and it is unclear whether the suspects are still on campus at present.

The incidents follows two instances of sexual assault from just over a week ago. No AlertSU report was issued for either prior case because the University lacked enough information to conclude whether there was an “ongoing or significant threat to the community,” Larson told The Daily at the time.

“The decision to issue a Timely Warning for sex offenses involving persons who are acquaintances will be made on a case-by-case basis,” Larson said. “Factors which will be considered when making this decision include: the level of force and violence used to commit the crime, the potential use of a drug to commit the crime, and the existence of multiple crimes of a similar nature occurring in close proximity, either in time or location.”

Contact Claire Wang at clwang32 ‘at’ 

This article has been updated with comment from Bill Larson on how decisions to issue a Timely Warning for sex offenses are made.

Claire Wang is The Daily's Vol. 254 magazine editor, and previously served as Vol. 253's managing editor of news. She's a fan of anything with tomatoes in it, and her favorite poet is Ocean Vuong. When she's not biking, her second-favorite mode of transportation is by rollerblade. Contact Claire at clwang32 'at'

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