California State University, Monterey Bay is seeking a student suspected in at least two on-campus rapes in one month as well as stalking, the university reported.
A third rape was reported on campus, but a suspect has not been named in that case. Another student named the rape suspect in stalking reports.
The university identified the suspect as Julian Espinoza, a student in his 20s. He is suspected in two rapes in late September, the university said. Espinoza also is suspected of stalking another female student through phone communication.
The first rape was reported Sept. 19. The victim reported she was raped by a male student in a residence hall the night before between 11 p.m. and midnight. She described the man as 20 years old or older, 6 feet tall with black hair and a “slender” build.
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Another rape was reported on Oct. 8 just before midnight to the university police department. Police responded to the East Campus residence hall for a sexual assault. A female student told police she was raped days earlier by an unknown male between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Police did not identify a suspect in this case.
The university’s Title IX office received a report on Oct. 3 that another rape occurred in a residence hall at 3 a.m. on Sept. 22. The student reported she was raped by a male student.
That same day, the Title IX office received a report that the same rape suspect was stalking another female student between Sept. 2 and Sept. 15.
In a university bulletin published Oct. 5, Espinoza’s behavior was described: “His pattern of behavior is to meet people through normal university activities where initial interactions are friendly, only to attempt to coerce them (victims) to a private residential setting, use intimidating language, and engage in nonconsensual sex and physical acts that result in contusions to the body.”
The university said it was promptly taking action to protect its students, and an investigation is underway. The university provided a list of safety tips and “myths” and “facts” about sexual assaults and sexual violence.
The university asked that anyone who knew of Espinoza’s whereabouts report to the University Police Department by calling 831-655-0268.