PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Emelise Figueroa, a first-year student at Clackamas Community College, usually carries around pepper spray with her. Now, she said she has reason to carry it out around campus.
A woman, who is not a CCC student, claims she was sexually assaulted near the northwest boundary of the campus on Monday night, Oregon City police confirmed.
“I don’t think that women should have to arm themselves to feel safe,” Figueroa said, “but unfortunately, that’s where we are right now.”
According to police, the alleged victim and suspect met several days before and decided to meet near campus. They walked to campus where, according to the report, the man forced the victim to the ground and assaulted her. The suspect then immediately left.
Cole Nimz, a resident from Happy Valley, sometimes visits his girlfriend, who attends CCC, on campus.
“Sometimes I like to meet her here and walk her to her car for the added protection,” he said.
When asked if she feels safe on campus, Figueroa said yes, for the most part.
“Sometimes at night it’s a little sketchy,” she said.
Officials with CCC were not able to comment on the ongoing investigation or campus security measures going forward.
Oregon City police are still looking for the suspect. The suspect is a white man in his early to mid-30s, between 6-feet-2 and 6-4, with a slim build, long wavy blonde hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and black tennis shoes. The suspect may go by the name of “Gerald” or “Jerald.”