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Woman Fends Off Attacker in Isla Vista

Male Suspect Held Knife to Her Throat and Tried to Remove Her Clothing


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who attacked a woman behind an Isla Vista apartment complex Tuesday morning.

According to Sheriff’s spokesperson Drew Sugars, the female victim had walked to the back of her complex at around 1:25 a.m. to throw a bag of trash in a parking lot dumpster. Just as she dropped the bag, a male suspect grabbed her and placed a knife to her neck.

The suspect reportedly tried to remove the victim’s clothes, but she was able to break free and run away. She suffered a cut on her leg and was treated at a nearby hospital. The suspect, said Sugars, was described as “a white college-age male, approximately 5‘10”, wearing a dark sweatshirt and jeans.”

As deputies responded to the scene, they discovered a metal pipe with PVC caps on both ends. Since it looked suspiciously like a pipe bomb, the Sheriff’s bomb squad was called in and four apartment units were evacuated. The pipe, however, was determined not to be a risk. There is no evidence to link the incidents, said Sugars.

If anyone has information on the attack they are encouraged to call detectives at (805) 681-4150 or the Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip Line at (805) 681-4171.

Billy Collins & Aimee Mann

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