EvCC issues warnings about campus grabbing incidents

EVERETT — Officials at Everett Community College have issued two security warnings in recent months after female students received unwanted advances in a parking lot.

Both incidents involved a man grabbing a woman’s hand and trying to kiss her while she was getting into her car, according to the warnings distributed to students.

One incident occurred around noon July 12 in Lot H near the student gym. The other was reported about noon Monday in the same location.

College leaders Friday would not discuss any potential connection between the two incidents. However, the suspect descriptions provided by the two victims included many similar details.

“In both cases, we confirmed that the police department was informed of the situation,” said John Bonner, an EvCC vice president who oversees security.

The Everett Police Department was called to the campus after Monday’s report, officer Aaron Snell said. In that case, the victim was following up with college security guards and declined to file a police report.

“We documented the incident, but at this time there is no criminal investigation,” Snell said.

The college security team was able to identify a 41-year-old student as a suspect in the incident earlier this week.

“We took action to suspend (the student) immediately pending the investigation,” Bonner said. He declined to share additional details while the college’s review is ongoing.

The man in both confrontations is described as having little hair and may wear glasses. In both cases, he referred to himself as an “Arabian immigrant.” In one case, the suspect wore a brown sweater.

The college is asking anyone who may have information about the man or any similar incidents to contact police.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @rikkiking.

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