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March 24, 2015 (San Diego) –San Diego State University has issued a community safety alert warning that a man armed with a black handgun tried to kidnap a female student Monday night at 10:50 p.m. and force her into a vehicle.

The attempted kidnapping occurred at the corner of Campanille Drive and Baja Drive.  The victim was on foot and ran away from the scene to call police and the suspect fled.

The suspect was driving a vehicle described as “possibly a brown pickup truck.”  The suspect is described as a white male, 40 to 60 years old, 5 feet 10 inches, wearing blue jeans, a light blue polo shirt and glasses.

San Diego Police Department is investigating this incident.  SDPD Case # 15-012387.

Information and Questions:  Anyone with information or questions should contact San Diego Police at (619) 531-2000. You can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 619-235-8477.

You can also provide information to SDSU Police by sending an e-mail to or calling 619-594-1991.

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Never walk alone

Everyone has a phone, call a friend as an escort or to get a ride home or to your destination. College students likely have money, maybe some jewelry or other items that would attract criminals.

Good advice and here's more for SDSU students:

You can call campus police and request a free escort if you must walk alone at night on campus.

If you have to walk off campus alone, at least carry pepper spray and a compressed-air "shriek alarm."  Another trick I learned when I worked at the state capitol and there were assaults on women going on in the capitol park is to carry your keys with one protruding between every finger; if attacked you can use it like a set of very sharp brass knuckles.

If someone grabs your arm, kick the assailant's shins  or stomp back on his ankle/instep and twist your arm to force them to lose their grasp,  Then scream and run.  I actually had to do this once when I was attacked in Sacramento.

There are many other tecniques. I strongly recommend a self-defense class for every woman and teen.