Timely Warning: Laptop Stolen in Strong-Arm Robbery

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Timely Warning

October 7, 2019

A student reported that two men stole a laptop as the student walked through Lot 9 this morning. Campus Safety and members of the Cypress Police Department are investigating the crime as a strong-arm robbery because of the threat of force used in the crime. The incident happened today at about 10:40 a.m.

The suspects were in a blue 1990s Honda Civic with sun damage on the driver’s door. The men were described as being Hispanic, in their 20s and the passenger wore a white shirt, dark khaki pants, and had a goatee.

Campus Safety and Cypress Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the incident or about the suspect should contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Timely warning notices are issued for any situation or incident involving a serious or continuing threat. Timely warnings are intended to promote safety within the campus community. Additional information is contained in the college’s Annual Safety and Security Report.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: cypresscollege.edu/services/campus-safety/

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Timely Warning: NOCE Student at Cypress College Reports Sexual Battery

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June 27, 2019

A female enrolled in North Orange Continuing Education coursework on the Cypress campus reported to Campus Safety that a man groped her repeatedly while on campus. The man, she reported, coerced her to get into his car at a nearby bus stop and drove her to campus, where the alleged sexual battery occurred on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident is being investigated by members of the Cypress Police Department. The NOCE student said she agreed to get in the car because she feared for her safety if she did not comply with the request.

The student immediately reported the incident to Cypress College Campus Safety, who coordinated with local police agencies to investigate the incident. The investigation is ongoing. She described the suspect as a 30-year-old black man, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 inches tall, skinny, bald, with a full beard and mustache. He was wearing a gray, long-sleeved shirt; khaki pants; and brown shoes. He also had a small, black ink tattoo on his upper right wrist.

The vehicle involved was a gray, four-door Nissan sedan.

Anyone with information about the incident or about the suspect should contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act.
For more information, visit: cypresscollege.edu/services/campus-safety/

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Timely Warning: Student Reports Sexual Assault

UPDATE: October 24, 2018 — Yesterday, the Cypress Police Department announced that their investigation determined that the allegation below was unfounded.

 

September 28, 2018

 

A female student reported today that last month she was forced into a vehicle and driven off campus where she was sexually assaulted. The student described the suspect’s vehicle as yellow and black. Review of video shows a car matching that description around the time that the student stated the incident took place.

The student reported the incident — which she said took place shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31 — to her instructor this afternoon and Cypress College Campus Safety was notified as a result. Campus Safety contacted the Cypress Police Department, who responded to investigate.

The vehicle in the video appears to be a Ford Crown Victoria model with a yellow body, black trim on the bottom, and black rims.

A male — described by the student as wearing a blue and white striped, polo-style shirt, and blue denim shorts — grabbed her by the arm as she walked near the campus drop-off area near the main Valley View entrance. She reported that he forced her into the back seat of the car.  He was approximately 5-feet-7 inches tall, with a skinny build, bald, and dark brown eyes, according to her description.

Following the alleged assault, the student was driven back near the campus and released by the suspect in a construction area behind the Home Depot on Lincoln Avenue.

Campus Safety and Cypress Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the incident or about the suspect should contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: cypresscollege.edu/services/campus-safety/.

Campus Open Forum Sees Lots of Comments, Concerns, Suggestions

UPDATE Wednesday, March 7, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.:

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UPDATE Wednesday, March 7, 2018 @ 11 a.m.:

We know that many in our community are feeling anxiety about this week’s campus lockdown and related issues. To help, Cypress College will be holding group counseling for all students, faculty, and staff.

The first group counseling session is today, Wednesday, March 7 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in CCCPLX-414. A second group counseling session will be offered tomorrow, Thursday, March 8 at 2-4 p.m. in HUM-121.

Please share this information with others.
For more about the college’s response to this issue, and to provide feedback, please visit: https://twww.cypresscollege.edu/featured-event/.

[Distributed via email to all students and employees. Posted to Facebook and Twitter accounts.]

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UPDATE Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 6 p.m.:

Cypress College held an open forum at noon today in CCCPLX-414 for students, faculty, and staff wishing to discuss the events related to yesterday’s campus closure. Participants included Cypress College President Dr. Schilling, the college vice presidents, the head of Campus Safety, and the communications director. Originally scheduled to last an hour, the forum was well attended by the campus community and lasted nearly two. Much information was shared, a large number of campus community concerns were expressed and talked about, and actionable suggestions made and noted for future discussion. For those who wish to share their comments, questions, and feedback, please see the survey link here: https://nocccd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6X6cKD4ozS9LCZL

A video of the entire open forum will be available on this page and the college’s YouTube channel soon. In the meantime, the following is a short transcript with a couple of highlights from the forum:

Dr. Schilling: Thank you so much for being here. We are going to be videoing this. It is not being livestreamed because we wanted to be sure you came, but we will share this for those people who were not able to be here….

…I want to again thank you all for your professionalism and your patience, and everything that you did to reassure students, and I think we have some students, I’m really glad you’re here. We want to hear from you….

…So around 10:00 on Sunday night, Whittier Police Department received a call from the relative of a former student of Cypress that we eventually did identify, that there was a threat that he was going to shoot a school….

…We also discovered that he had been on campus twice last week in the Athletics Department. We also had an incident that we didn’t have an identified person where somebody had climbed up the mural and was on—I’m pointing up here, but it was actually on the balcony on the third floor of this building—and had been making mock shooting motions from there. So we immediately called the police, and this was Thursday, the 2nd. By the time we could get our campus security and tried [inaudible] the person had disappeared and we couldn’t find that person, so we were not able to identify….

…We also sent out a photo this morning. Again, we wanted to make sure we had all the information, updated the campus this morning, and the young man was still in custody so we didn’t feel there was an urgent need to clutter your email yet again yesterday, but we did sent that out today, so if you haven’t seen that yet, it was sent to all students and all employees so you have a picture of the young man.

The final thing that I wanted to add is that we, Dr. Bandyopadhyay, sent an immediate interim [inaudible] suspension. He’d been on suspension since 2016, but it had expired, so that’s what allowed him legally to be on campus last week. He is now, there’s now an interim suspension, and we are recommending expulsion, which is a forever ban, and that has to go to the Board. But interim suspension allows us to make sure that if he attempts in any way to come on campus, he will be removed.

The last piece that we’re looking at legal options so that we can issue a restraining order, which allows the police to ask. A suspension means we can ask him to leave, but when you have a restraining order, that means the police can arrest a person. So those are some of the steps we are taking to make sure this individual does not come back on campus ever….

…You will have time to ask questions as well. And feel free, as we’re going through some of these question, if you have additional questions in that theme or if we aren’t clear on what we’re talking about and you want clarification, we’ll be happy to answer at that time.

A.S. President Maria Alvarez: I think definitely a takeaway from this forum is all the students’ concerns that they take time out of their class. This forum was at 12, which is one of the prime time when students are in class, but they took time off to express their concerns and I think that’s something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. We need to also not take lightly our safety campus concerns because our concerns are as equally as the students concerns as well. I think, what Robbie was saying that Associated Students are going to go to the Academic Senate meeting where they will be passing a resolution saying that professors will also support the walkout, I as the A.S. President am scared if we do have the march because who is going to protect our students that are marching if our campus safety isn’t armed? How are we going to, how am I going to tell people to group up so we can make a change when I’m scared that because we’re going to be in a group in a public place, they could risk their lives. I don’t want to risk anybody’s lives. I just want their concerns to be dealt with immediately because I do not like students saying they do not feel safe on this campus.

Dr. Schilling: So Maria, I hope that you don’t walk away from this feeling that the campus is not, is taking what you’re saying lightly, so that’s number one. And we will be talking about all of the things that we’ve heard. Again, nobody in this room is taking it lightly. We want to make sure that any action that we ever take is a true action and not just a placebo to make people feel better, safer, when it’s actually not actually doing something.

Again, I want to go to Parkland. There were armed guards on that campus. It did not prevent 17 people from being shot. Guns are the problem. But at the same time, we hear you, we will talk about this. I will just tell you my own bias, and that Cypress is a very special place. It’s based on our culture here, it’s based on our fabulous students, our fabulous staff and faculty. And when you change that dynamic by having armed guards at every checkpoint at this campus, you have a different campus. I want to make sure whatever we do is actually going to address the fear and address the problems rather than having a knee-jerk response to make people feel temporarily better, but changes the entire reason why people come to Cypress College.

I’m not saying we know what we’re going to do or what, but all of those things have to be discussed because there are unintended consequences to every decision we make and our goal is to always be as preemptive as we can and communicate with you honestly and openly. So, we can continue talking about this, but I don’t want you to walk away feeling that we don’t take your concerns seriously.

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UPDATE Monday, March 5, 2018 @ 12:10 p.m.:

OFFICE OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2018

Marc Posner, Director of Campus Communications
Office: 714.484.7006 or Cell: 714.493.6626

 

CYPRESS, California — On the evening of Sunday, March 4, 2018, Cypress College Campus Safety received a notification from the police about a threat from a former student that was deemed credible and timely. The Cypress College and NOCE Cypress Center were immediately put on lockdown and students and staff were notified of the closure via emergency text and email.

The person of interest was a former Cypress College student with a history at the campus that raised this tip to a credible threat. He was subject to student discipline and subsequently arrested in 2016 for felony vandalism on campus. He has also been on campus three times over the last two weeks displaying erratic behavior.

The former student has been detained by local law enforcement, and the campus has been cleared for opening at 12 noon today, Monday, March 5, 2018. Classes that start at 12 noon or after will be held today.  The Cypress College campus administration is confident that thorough steps were taken to address the threat.

“Thank you to the Cypress and Whittier police departments and the Cypress College campus community for their quick response to this issue,” said Cypress College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling.  “I am proud to say that our emergency processes and procedures worked and that our campus immediately reached out to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a campus forum on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at noon at CCCPLX-414 to hear from Dr. Schilling and Campus Safety, to ask questions, and address any concerns. In addition, the campus community members are encouraged to share feedback via an online form at http://bit.ly/2FgsTkU.

Cypress College and NOCE take safety very seriously and encourage all students, faculty and staff members to immediately report incidents and/or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety at 714.484.7387. In the case of an immediate threat, you should dial 9-1-1 and ask someone nearby to simultaneously contact Campus Safety for the most efficient response. Students, faculty, and staff members are reminded to adhere to safety tips such as walking in groups and utilizing Campus Safety escorts.

 

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[Distributed via text and email to all students and employees. Posted to Facebook and Twitter accounts. Shared via email with community partners. Posted to website.]

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UPDATE Monday, March 5 @ 10:05 a.m.:

Cypress College and NOCE Cypress will be open for normal business and classes beginning at noon on Monday, March 5, 2018. Any class that begins at noon or after WILL BE held today. Please check your emails and the campus website for any updates throughout the day.

[Distributed via text and email to all students and employees. Posted to Facebook and Twitter accounts.]

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UPDATE Monday, March 5 @ 7:55 a.m.:

The threat described earlier to the Cypress College campus has been resolved. Classes remain cancelled throughout the morning, and the reopening time of the campus is currently being discussed. It will be communicated when it is known.

Thank you to our partners at both Cypress and Whittier police departments.

[Distributed via text and email to all students and employees. Posted to Facebook and Twitter accounts.]

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UPDATE Monday, March 5 @ 6:16 a.m.:

Alert: Campus Closed, Morning Classes Cancelled
Cypress College classes are cancelled through noon on Monday, March 5, 2018. Students and employees are to stay off campus until notified otherwise. Police have received a credible report of a possible violence against the campus. Updates will be provided throughout the day and it is hoped that afternoon and evening classes will be held.

[Distributed via email to all students and employees. Posted to website.]

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Sunday, March 4 @ 10:44 p.m.:

Cypress College classes are cancelled through noon on Monday, March 5, 2018. Students and employees are to stay off campus until notified otherwise. Police have received a credible report of a possible violence against the campus. Updates will be provided throughout the day and it is hoped that afternoon and evening classes will be held.

[Distributed via text and email to all students and employees. Social media postings to Facebook and Twitter followed at 12:40 a.m.]

Cypress College Threat Resolved; Campus Opening at 12 Noon on March 5, 2018

OFFICE OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS

 

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2018

Marc Posner, Director of Campus Communications
Office: 714.484.7006 or Cell: 714.493.6626

 

CYPRESS, California — On the evening of Sunday, March 4, 2018, Cypress College Campus Safety received a notification from the police about a threat from a former student that was deemed credible and timely. The Cypress College and NOCE Cypress Center were immediately put on lockdown and students and staff were notified of the closure via emergency text and email.

The person of interest was a former Cypress College student with a history at the campus that raised this tip to a credible threat. He was subject to student discipline and subsequently arrested in 2016 for felony vandalism on campus. He has also been on campus three times over the last two weeks displaying erratic behavior.

The former student has been detained by local law enforcement, and the campus has been cleared for opening at 12 noon today, Monday, March 5, 2018. Classes that start at 12 noon or after will be held today.  The Cypress College campus administration is confident that thorough steps were taken to address the threat.

“Thank you to the Cypress and Whittier police departments and the Cypress College campus community for their quick response to this issue,” said Cypress College President Dr. JoAnna Schilling.  “I am proud to say that our emergency processes and procedures worked and that our campus immediately reached out to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a campus forum on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at noon at CCCPLX-414 to hear from Dr. Schilling and Campus Safety, to ask questions, and address any concerns. In addition, the campus community members are encouraged to share feedback via an online form at http://bit.ly/2FgsTkU.

Cypress College and NOCE take safety very seriously and encourage all students, faculty and staff members to immediately report incidents and/or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety at 714.484.7387. In the case of an immediate threat, you should dial 9-1-1 and ask someone nearby to simultaneously contact Campus Safety for the most efficient response. Students, faculty, and staff members are reminded to adhere to safety tips such as walking in groups and utilizing Campus Safety escorts.

 

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Timely Warning: Employee Reports Lewd Behavior in Lot 4

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Timely Warning

February 15, 2018

A female employee reported to Campus Safety that a man in a vehicle engaged in lewd behavior in front of her while she was walking in Parking Lot 4 around 8 a.m. Thursday.

The employee reported she first saw the man driving down Orange St. near the Cypress College tennis courts, where he made a U-turn and cut her off as she was walking onto campus. The man then followed her onto campus as she went through Parking Lot 4 and cut across her path with his vehicle at least two additional times in an attempt to engage with her. She immediately reported the incident to Cypress College Campus Safety, as well as to the Cypress Police Department.

She described the suspect as a male in his 30s or 40s with black, spiked hair. He was driving a white, two-door, newer-model Honda Civic with a partial license plate of “7XV.”

Campus Safety and Cypress Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the incident or about the suspect should contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are encouraged to immediately report uncomfortable incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: cypresscollege.edu/services/campus-safety/

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Timely Warning: Man in Pickup Propositioned Student Walking to Campus

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Timely Warning

February 7, 2018

A female student reported that a man driving down Orange St. near the Cypress College track asked her to expose herself to him for money while she was walking down the sidewalk towards campus around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. The man pulled alongside the curb next to her and spoke to her through the passenger-side window.

The student described the suspect as a male in his 40s with balding, blonde hair and wearing a dark blue polo shirt. He was driving a black pick-up truck with an identifying red “TS” on the rear passenger side of the vehicle near the tire.

The student immediately reported the incident to Cypress College Campus Safety, as well as to the Cypress Police Department.

Campus Safety and Cypress Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the incident or about the suspect should contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: cypresscollege.edu/services/campus-safety/

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UPDATED — Timely Warning: Tech Ed 2 Evacuated, No Other Areas on Campus Affected

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Timely Warning

February 21, 2017

UPDATED FEB. 21, 1:05 PM

UPDATE: Members of the Cypress Police Department have completed their inspection of Cypress College’s Tech Ed 2 Building and determined that no threat exists. The building will re-open for students at 4 p.m. and classes will resume after that time. Classes in the building include Cypress College physical education and athletics courses as well as classes offered by the School of Continuing Education. Employees may re-enter the building at this time. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the evacuation.

The Cypress College Tech Ed 2 building has been evacuated to evaluate a specific threat to the area. A College employee discovered a note this morning in the men’s locker room located in Tech Ed 2 specifying a threat to that building.

Officers from the Cypress Police Department and Campus Safety are conducting a sweep of the building. We anticipate Tech Ed 2 will be closed until 4 p.m. No other areas of campus are affected. Further notice regarding evening classes scheduled in Tech Ed 2 will be sent once we have more information.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://twww.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety

Timely Warning: Man Aggressively Attempts to Engage Student

 

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Timely Warning

November 30, 2015

A female student reported that a man aggressively attempted to engage her after he approached her asking for a donation to his organization. When she declined, he followed her around the pond as she attempted to walk away. The incident took place at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Monday.

The male followed the student from the area in front of Associated Students around the pond to the front of the Science, Engineering, and Math Building. During this time, he went from seeking a donation to telling the student how beautiful she was, and then escalating to cursing and calling her a liar, according to Campus Safety.

Campus Safety was unable to locate the suspect. He was described as African-American, approximately 5-foot-4, wearing a blue sweatshirt or jacket, grey pants, a black Jansport backpack, and a red-and-white baseball-style cap with writing on it.

The student was not harmed and she reported the incident to Campus Safety immediately. After follow-up investigation, the Campus Safety Department determined that the campus community would benefit knowing the details of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://twww.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety.

Timely Warning: SCE Student at Cypress College Touched Inappropriately

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October 1, 2015

A female student of the North Orange County Community College District School of Continuing Education (SCE), located at Cypress College, reported that a male suspect touched her inappropriately.

The student immediately reported the incident to SCE and Cypress College Campus Safety as well as to the Cypress Police Department. She reported that the incident took place at the tables just east of the Technical Education III building at about 11 a.m. today. She reported that she was among a group of students who were discussing food when the conversation became sexually charged. Over the course of the conversation, the suspect grabbed the victim inappropriately on the buttocks three different times, even after the victim asked him to stop. The victim then hit him with a water bottle and walked away, immediately reporting the incident.

The suspect was described as an African American male, in his 20s, 5′ 7″, short hair.

This incident is now under the investigation of the Cypress Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call 714.229.6631. While this is believed to be an isolated incident, anyone who believes they are a victim of a similar incident should immediately contact Campus Safety or the Cypress Police Department.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 714.484.7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Timely Warning: Man Aggressively Grabs Female Student’s Arm

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Timely Warning

September 30, 2015

A female student reported that a male aggressively grabbed her arm and yanked her as she walked across campus on Tuesday evening. The student pulled away and was able to leave the area unharmed. She reported the incident to Campus Safety and Cypress Police were immediately notified. After follow-up investigation, the Campus Safety Department determined that the campus community would benefit knowing the details if the incident.

This series of images shows the person believed to be involved in an incident in which a female student was forcefully grabbed.

This series of images shows the person believed to be involved in an incident in which a female student was forcefully grabbed.

On September 29, 2015, at approximately 5:35 p.m., the victim stated that she was walking from the L/LRC, through the Student Center, near the Campanile. She reported that as she entered Tech Ed 1, she heard a male voice in her right ear near.  She stated that the subject had approached her quickly from behind, but she did not observe him prior to opening the door at Tech Ed I.  The victim stated that the subject began to ask her questions such as “what is your name? Where are you going?” and then he stated “your hair is beautiful.”

The victim stated, she continued up the stairs then the subject sped up alongside her and continued asking her, “where are you going?”  The victim stated the subject then grabbed her left arm in the stairwell and tried to pull her towards him,  but she jerked away quickly and commanded him: “let me go.” She said she then continued up the stairs and pretended to go into the first classroom.  The victim stated the subject went downstairs and she observed him on South-side of the lobby of Tech Ed 1. The victim stated when the suspect was on the south side of the building she quickly went down the stairwell and out the north doors.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://twww.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety

Timely Warning: Students Report Concerns About Man Offering Modeling Opportunity

 

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Timely Warning

September 25, 2015

Three Cypress College students have reported to Campus Safety that a man was aggressive and persistent in soliciting their interest in modeling for extra money. The students all declined, but told Campus Safety that he made them feel uncomfortable, and, in at least one case attempted to talk one of the students into getting into his vehicle.

While such activity is not a crime, Cypress College is alerting the campus community to these reports because the information may be helpful to students and employees in caring for their personal safety. The incidents took place on Thursday, September 24, 2015, and Monday, September 21, 2015. Each also occurred in the late afternoon.

The suspect was described as a white male, with blonde hair, and appearing to be in his early 30s. On both days, he was wearing a dark polo shirt. A picture of the vehicle he was driving on Thursday appears below. It had paper plates, and one of the students observed a pink baby car seat inside the pickup.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387. Imminent threats should be reported to 911.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://twww.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety

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Timely Warning: Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested

 

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May 19, 2015

A Cypress College student reported on Thursday, May 14, 2015, that she was touched inappropriately by a past acquaintance with whom she agreed to meet on-campus late Wednesday afternoon. The suspect subsequently coerced the victim into a restroom where he physically restrained her and proceeded to grab her groin, she said. Cypress Police investigated the crime as a case of sexual battery. On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, members of the Cypress Police Department arrested a suspect.

Cypress College is alerting the campus community to the report because the information may be helpful to students and employees in caring for their personal safety. The alleged sexual battery took place in a campus restroom on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect is not a Cypress College student, the victim told police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Campus Safety at (714) 484-7387 or Cypress Police at (714) 229-6600.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.

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Timely Warning: Second Report of Person with a Camera in Women’s Restroom

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Timely Warning

February 11, 2015

A female student reported to Campus Safety that someone with a camera entered the women’s restroom on the third floor of the Business Building. Although the incident took place between 4-4:10 p.m., it was reported to Campus Safety at about 5 p.m.

The student said that she observed a camera above the top of the bathroom-stall frame. The person was wearing blue shoes. A similar incident in the same area was reported on February 2. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Campus Safety.

Campus Safety can be reached at (714) 484-7387. Every member of the campus community should program this number into their mobile phones so it is handy.

Students are reminded that activity that appears to be suspicious should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police.

Here are some personal safety tips that are important to follow so that we can continue to maintain a safe campus:

  • Exercise caution when approaching or being approached by someone you don’t know.
  • Travel in groups or pairs, and in well-lit areas at night.
  • Report suspicious activity if you observe it.
  • Report incidents immediately.
  • Campus Safety is located in the Business Building, with an entrance from Parking Lot 1.
  • Escorts to and from your vehicle are available by contacting Campus Safety.
  • Emergency phones are located in a number of places on campus; they ring directly to Campus Safety and are identified on the campus map with a phone symbol.
  • If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial 911.

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UPDATED — Timely Warning: Student Reports Cab Driver Inappropriately Touched Her

OFFICE OF CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS

Timely Warning

January 8, 2015

Update: At 6:45 p.m. on January 8, the Cypress Police Department informed Cypress College that an arrest has been made in this case.

A student of the North Orange County Community College District School of Continuing Education (SCE), located at Cypress College, reported that a taxi cab driver who had brought her to campus touched her inappropriately.

The student immediately reported the incident to SCE and Cypress College Campus Safety as well as to the Cypress Police Department. She said the incident took place in Parking Lot #4 at about 8 a.m. today as she was paying the cab driver. She reported that the man grabbed her breast from outside the clothes and asked her to kiss him. The driver was described as middle eastern, 6’-4”, 200 LBS, approximately 52 years old.

This incident is now under the investigation of the Cypress Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call (714) 229-6631. While this is believed to be an isolated incident, anyone who believes they are a victim of a similar crime should immediately contact Campus Safety or the Cypress Police Department.

Students and employees are reminded to report incidents or suspicious behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.¬

NOTE: A PDF version of this report is also available at: http://news.CypressCollege.edu/Documents/2015-CC-Timely-Warning-20150108.pdf

Timely Warning: Student Reports Lewd Behavior in Library

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

 Timely Warning

 

UPDATE: November 18, 2014 (please see the bottom of this post)

November 14, 2014

On Thursday evening, a female student reported to Campus Safety that a male student apparently engage in lewd behavior in front of her while the two were in the College Library. The suspect, for which no description is available, quickly left the building when confronted.

The female student reported to Campus Safety that the incident took place near the restrooms. She also stated that he had been staring at her and acting strangely during the several hours she was using the library. The behavior was disturbing enough to her that the surreptitiously made a video recording of him.

The incident is being investigated.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to leave any situation that makes them uncomfortable and then immediately report the behavior to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.­ Students are also encouraged to sign up for text messaging notifications in the myGateway portal by logging in at http://mg.nocccd.edu.

View this report as a pdf file.

UPDATE: The situation described in this report has been resolved in a positive manner. While it is reasonably believed that no continuing threat exists, we encourage members of the campus community to remain aware of their surroundings at all times and to immediately report inappropriate behavior.

Timely Warning: Threats Made to Campus Employee

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

Timely Warning

November 14, 2014

 An unknown suspect has left a series of notes threatening the personal safety of a Cypress College employee. The College is asking the campus community to be observant and to report any unusual activity. The notes were left in the employee’s work area, all at times when the office was secured, but unattended.

The Cypress Police Department is investigating three separate incidents in which the threatening notes were left for the employee. The Campus Safety Department is also reviewing surveillance video.

The first note was left on the morning of Friday, November 7. Notes were also left for the employee on the morning of Friday, November 14, and again that afternoon. The notes were directed at the employee, contained a specific threat of harm, and used hate speech.

Students and employees are reminded that suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access.­ Students are also encouraged to sign up for text messaging notifications in the myGateway portal by logging in at http://mg.nocccd.edu.

View this report as a pdf file.

Timely Warning: Be Aware of Burglary Suspects Who Possibly had Gun

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

Timely Warning

August 20, 2014

All members of the campus community are advised to be aware of — and to avoid interaction with — a suspect who was possibly armed during the commission of a crime during the past weekend. Two men were involved in a burglary of the Humanities Building on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Officers from the Cypress Police Department arrested one suspect, but a second man remains at large.

The suspect, who according to police was believed to be carrying a gun, is described as a male, with a thin mustache, tightly cropped dark hair, and is about 25 years old. He was wearing a white tank-top, grey pants and has tatoos covering his upper left arm. Cypress Police reported that the suspects were seen jumping the wall north of parking lot 9, adjacent to the swapmeet office to both enter and exit the campus.

Anyone who sees the suspect should avoid contact and call police or Campus Safety from a safe area as soon as possible. The suspect who was arrested was still in custody at the time of this warning; he has a previous arrest record on campus and is considered to be dangerous. Photographs from surveillance video are included at the bottom of this report.

A laptop, positively identified as Cypress College property was recovered during the arrest. Campus officials anticipate that additional loss from the building will be discovered once faculty return to campus when classes resume on Monday, August 25. Employees are encouraged to swiftly report any missing property to Campus Safety. Employees are also reminded that when entering buildings outside of regular working hours they should do so only after advising Campus Safety of their location.

Students and employees are reminded that suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access. Students are also encouraged to sign up for text messaging notifications in the myGateway portal by logging in at http://mg.nocccd.edu.

Two burglary suspects are seen exiting the Humanites Building on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The suspect in the white tank-top was reported by Officers of the Cypress Police Department to have been carrying a gun. He is unidentified and remains at large. The suspect wearing the grey baseball-style cap was arrested shortly after this image was captured. He is known to Campus Safety Officers and considered to be dangerous. Anyone who sees either suspect should avoid contact and contact police or Campus Safety when it’s safe to do so.

Two burglary suspects are seen exiting the Humanities Building on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The suspect in the white tank-top was reported by Officers of the Cypress Police Department to have been carrying a gun. He is unidentified and remains at large. The suspect wearing the grey baseball-style cap was arrested shortly after this image was captured. He is known to Campus Safety Officers and considered to be dangerous. Anyone who sees either suspect should avoid contact and contact police or Campus Safety when it’s safe to do so.

Timely Warning: Second Report of Man Attempting to Lure Student

Timely Warning

A second Cypress College student has reported that a man attempted to lure her into his vehicle from a location just off campus earlier today. The incident and suspect description are similar to one on Tuesday, March 19, 2014.

One new detail that may be relevant is that both students who were accosted by the suspect are Asian females. Today’s incident took place between a pet spa and the Walgreen’s store near the intersection of Valley View Street and Lincoln Avenue as the student was walking to campus.

Here are the additional details of the incident, as presented to the Cypress College Campus Safety office on Thursday afternoon.

The student reported to Campus Safety that a white man in his 30s yelled at her, demanding that she get into his white, 2-door pickup truck. The student screamed and continued walking onto campus.

On March 19, a student said that a man driving a white, 2-door pickup truck, possibly a Toyota, attempted to lure her into his vehicle. The victim in the first case reported that the driver was white, in his late 30s or 40s, had wrinkles on his forehead and neck, and a 5 o’clock shadow. She also reported that there was a knife of some type on the vehicle’s dashboard. He was described as wearing a dirty dark-blue baseball cap and a dirty orange shirt. The incident was reported to have taken place near the Mobil gas station also at the intersection of Valley View and Lincoln.

Students and employees are reminded that suspicious activity should be reported to Campus Safety and/or Cypress Police immediately. Additionally, students are reminded that Campus Safety can be reached 24-7 at (714) 484-7387, and that it is important to program that number into their mobile phones for quick access. Students are also encouraged to sign up for text messaging notifications in the myGateway portal by logging in at http://mg.nocccd.edu.

Cypress College issues Timely Warnings in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act. For more information, visit: https://twww.cypresscollege.edu/administrative/campusSafety

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Timely Warning: Report of Man Attempting to Lure Student Into Car

Timely Warning

A Cypress College student has reported that a man attempted to lure her into his vehicle just off campus on Tuesday evening. Here are the details of the incident, as presented to the Cypress College Campus Safety office on Wednesday afternoon.

The man was driving a white, 2-door pickup truck, possibly a Toyota. The victim reported that the driver was white, in his late 30s or 40s, had wrinkles on his forehead and neck, and a 5 o’clock shadow. She also reported that there was a knife of some type on the vehicle’s dashboard. He was described as wearing a dirty dark-blue baseball cap and a dirty orange shirt.

The student called Buena Park police and the suspect drove off when he saw a police car in the area. The incident was reported to have taken place near the Mobil gas station at the intersection of Valley View Street and Lincoln Ave.

Students who observe suspicious activity are asked to call 911 if the incident is of an immediate nature. Cypress College Campus Safety should also be informed. They are available 24/7 by calling (714) 484-7387.

Campus Resumes Normal Activity Following Shelter in Place

Cypress College has resumed normal operations as of 11:40 this morning. The college conducted a brief shelter in place following reports of a person with a gun at the Walgreens store located at the northwest edge of campus. The shelter in place lasted approximately 10 minutes before police informed campus officials that the suspect was in custody.

We thank everyone for their cooperation.

UPDATE: A more-complete description of today’s events, and the College’s response to them, is available in the “Timely Warning” document.