Report: Occidental Student Raped on Yosemite Drive

The reported assault on Friday night occurred near Eagle Rock High School.

A female student of was reportedly sexually assaulted over the weekend while walking in a residential area on Yosemite Drive near .

The assault occurred sometime between 11:45 p.m. last Friday and 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, Field Sgt. Ed Mourthi of the Occidental College Department of Campus Safety said.

Mourthi described the suspect as a male, about 5 feet 9 to 6 feet tall, dressed in a T-shirt of unknown color and green shorts. “We’re still trying to determine” if the suspect was armed and if he threatened the student in any way with a knife or a gun, Mourthi said.

The suspect approached the student from behind and “pulled her into a dark spot between Eagle Rock High School and Eagle Rock Boulevard—we don’t know exactly where,” Mourthi said, adding: “We do have students who rent homes in the area.”

The Occidental College Department of Campus Safety issued a campus-wide alert after being notified of the assault on Saturday morning, Mourthi said. The incident was reported on a local TV station on Wednesday night, he said.

“We always tell our students to walk in groups, to use well-lit streets and to avoid dark streets,” Mourthi said, adding: “If you’ve been on Yosemite Drive, you’ll know how dark it is.”

In February, an Eagle Rock resident who was jogging in Yosemite Park was brutally assaulted by several young men who were skateboarding there.

Oxy’s Campus Safety officers escort students within a three-block radius of the college campus, Mourthi said, adding that students are encouraged to call Campus Safety if they encounter someone who looks “sketchy.”

LAPD Officer Young Honor, who answered the phone at the Northeast Community Police station, said he had heard “a student had been raped.” However, only the LAPD’s so-called sex detectives would be able to provide details about the investigation on Thursday morning, Honor said.

Check back with Eagle Rock Patch for updates about this case.

Trebor Belli September 08, 2011 at 02:59 PM
I feel sorry for the student. The high School is not near Eagle Rock Blvd.
Patricia Duran September 08, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Why aren't there more street lamps in the area? It is a shame we have to live our lives defensively but it is what it is......be aware of your surroundings at all times, don't naively place yourself in questionable areas of the city, be smart.
Manbeer Singh September 08, 2011 at 03:47 PM
I wish we who live on Yosemite had the lamp posts like on Townsend. I would like to have better lighting and safer neighborhood all the robberies recently, and the shooting at Vons. I don't know what we can do to get some meaningful change to occur in Eagle Rock but I am open to ideas on how to get involved.
Rebecca T. September 08, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I can't believe this happened to this young woman. I hope they catch the person that harmed her. Beter lit streets is a must and I hope this issue gets resolved ASAP.
Paloma September 08, 2011 at 04:48 PM
I also live on Yosemite (and have a very young daughter).... this news terrifies me. I agree with Manbeer Singh - would like to know what we as a neighborhood can do to make our area safer!
CG September 08, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Lights, Lights, Lights. That park should be lit up in the front and back areas, and there should be more streetlamps on Yosemite. However, common sense is required also...I don't even like to walk around there after dark ~ let alone 12:30 on a Friday night.
Paloma September 08, 2011 at 09:57 PM
i do remember there was a house party going late on yosemite that friday night.... be careful! dont walk to your car alone!!
MW September 09, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Agreed! Better lighting around the neighborhood of the high school and park is extremely important. Does anyone know who to contact to request more street lights? Trebor the high school is blocks from Eagle Rock Blvd, I think they meant it occured in the vicinity.
Michael Larsen September 09, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Oren Bitan, our Public Safety Director, is looking into this issue and will be advocating on behalf of the community. You can contact him on our web site at www.eaglerockcouncil.org. Michael Larsen Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council President
Paula Grepo September 15, 2011 at 05:31 PM
I agree with CG, there should be more lights on Yosemite, but common sense is required as well. There are VERY few places in Los Angeles where it is safe for any woman to walk alone at night, no matter how many lights. All women should realize that they are not safe out at night by themselves, and should make every effort to avoid situtions and places where they could meet with harm. When we have a house party, I make sure that my husband and I walk our unattended female guests to their car, or let them park in our gated driveway. I think this was also the area where the male jogger was attacked a few years ago.
Joe Walker November 22, 2011 at 07:03 PM
There is more to this story than what is being reported. What was the address of the incident? The only thing confidential in a rape report is the victim's name.
Ajay Singh (Editor) November 22, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Joe: We updated and corrected our initial report to reflect that the student was not raped but sexually assaulted and that she has chosen not to file a police report: http://patch.com/A-lPmm. Because of confidentiality reasons, Occidental College cannot disclose the address of the house where the party was underway.
Joe Walker November 23, 2011 at 12:14 AM
As I said..there was more to this story than we are hearing. So, it happened off campus, at a secret location, and the victim declined to file a report. Interesting.


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