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Students unnerved after violent crimes near SDSU

SAN DIEGO – When news of two violent crimes close to the San Diego State University campus broke over the weekend, students were eager to talk about how unsettling they were.

“It’s like creepy and uncomfortable.  It’s weird,” said freshman Sarah Brantley, who was walking by the same spot where one of the crimes took place Sunday.

“It’s kind of sad, because you’d expect to go to college and have a safe campus,” said her friend Lauren Kaplan.

San Diego police said a man grabbed a 21-year-old woman and tried to pull her into his car on 63rd Street and Montezuma Road Saturday around 6:30 p.m..  When she screamed, he let her go and took off in a black Honda Civic.

sdpd“It’s getting harder and harder each day when I hear news stories like that,” said Kayla Buenaventura, a freshman from Stockton.  “It’s tough enough being away from home.”

On Sunday night, police said they were looking for six men who robbed someone on the 5400 block of 55th Street.  Ironically, the spot is directly across the street from the SDSU police department’s headquarters.

“If stuff like that happens right in front of the police station, then it can happen anywhere,” said Brantley.

Police are looking for a white man who took off in a silver Chrysler 300 and five black men who got away in a gray Dodge Challenger.  Four of them were wearing ski masks.

Anyone with information that can help investigators should call the SDSU police or call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.


7 Comments to “Students unnerved after violent crimes near SDSU”

    Michael said:
    January 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    My daughter really wanted to go to SDSU. I am glad that she ended up going to PLNU. Kind of like USC and UCLA, once you get just a few blocks off campus, you are in the GHETTO!!! It is pretty disgusting that 6 (SIX!!) punks robbed that student in front of the police department HQ and we don't even have decent descriptions released to the public yet. I hope they can get a grip on the violent crimes in our cities. The economy isn't getting much better…taxes are higher…and the crime rates will continue to go up with all of these factors continuing.

      Joe said:
      January 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      SDSU doesn't have anything resembling a ghetto nearby. USC on the other hand…

    Mom said:
    January 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Our students need to be aware of their surroundings, college age students will always be easy pray for these cowards. They need to put down those cells phones and headphones and pay attention to everything including the traffic.

    Most schools are surrounded by Ghetto areas. Our children have to beware in any City.

    Demand Security said:
    January 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Maybe the City can take some of the bankroll from ticketing students and install surveillance cameras. WHAT are you waiting for? STUDENTS & PARENTS DEMAND IT!

    Ron Hinton said:
    April 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    The only perp you identify is white when we all know this stuff did not happen 10 years ago.. It's the illegal aliens [and inner city blacks] who are not from here – getting free tuition while stalking the rest of us.

    Robert Salvor said:
    April 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    It goes without saying that they should be unnerved. One violent crime is bad enough. Two over the span of one weekend just brings to light serious security concerns that need to be addressed quickly.

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