SAN DIEGO – University police arrested a man suspected of groping four female students at San Diego State University.
The assaults happened early Tuesday in two separate incidents that took place 45 minutes apart, according to investigators.
One student told police that a man groped her and her friend at about 12:30 a.m. near the Aztec Corner Apartments. Two other students reported that a man groped them on the pedestrian bridge near the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union at about 1:15 a.m. Their description of the attacker matched the description given by the first victims, according to police.
Police began searching the campus for the attacker. One officer found a man matching the description provided by the victims. The women identified the man as their attacker.
Minda Shewangizaw, who is not an SDSU student, was arrested and booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of sexual battery, touching a person intimately and annoying a child under 18. Court records show Shewangizaw was no longer in custody Thursday.
But Tuesday’s arrest wasn’t the first time Shewangizaw has been arrested on a college campus this year. A UC Riverside police officer confirmed Shewangizaw was arrested on the campus May 22 and booked into a Riverside County Jail on assault and false imprisonment charges. Further details of the arrest were not available.
Riverside District Attorney’s office spokesman John Hall said there was no criminal case in his office against Shewangizaw. Hall said UC Riverside police may not have forwarded their case for prosecution.
SDSU police detectives were aware of Shewangizaw’s May arrest on the Riverside campus and are “looking into it,” Conlon said.
“They’ve been in contact with Riverside authorities to see what the circumstances were,” the lieutenant said.