Sexual Assault in South Davis Friday Night; Man Grabbed 17-Year-Old Female, Police Say

"The female victim screamed and fought back against the male who had a hold of her shirt," according to the Davis Police Department.


A sexual assault took place in South Davis Friday night, according to the Davis Police Department. The victim called police, but the suspect got away. (His description is at the bottom of this article). 

Around 10 p.m. Friday, the man ran up behind and grabbed a 17-year-old female who was walking west on Cowell Boulevard near Koso Street.

"The female victim screamed and fought back against the male who had a hold of her shirt," according to a statement from the Davis Police Department. "During the struggle, the male subject grabbed the female's buttocks. The female victim continued to scream and fought back which forced the suspect to flee east on Cowell Blvd. The female ran west on Cowell Blvd. while calling 9-1-1." 

We received this message from the victim's mother late Friday night. 

"PLEASE get the word out. My daughter was attacked and nearly raped in South Davis tonight, around 10pm. She was able to fend off her attacker and escaped with only a ripped shirt. It is important to inform women in Davis that there is a predator out there and to make sure they do NOT walk alone, not even for just a few blocks, like my daughter..." 

Here's a description of the suspect, via the Davis Police Department: 

"The male subject was first observed in the 300 block of Becerra Way and was described as a Hispanic male, 25-35 years old, approximately 5'10", stocky build, and short black buzzed hair. The suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and unknown colored pants ... Anyone with information is urged to call the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400."

Michael Ann Riley March 03, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Seems like there are a lot more of these types of things happening in Davis lately. Scary.
Jon Adler March 03, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Hence the importance of allowing women the choice of training and carrying firearms
JiJi March 03, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Jon, do you think she would be better off today if she shot the man? or better yet, brought out the gun and lost control of it? Self defense yes. Knowing there are 17 year olds walking around with guns does not make me feel safer. Do you know most suicide attempts can be thwarted by 5 minute diversions? A gun leaves no room for diversion. Love your guns if you must, but leave them at home please.
Ginger March 03, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Women who "feel they might be raped" really should stick whistles and safe zones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jCvng-jSp60
Kim March 03, 2013 at 09:28 PM
This was my daughter who was attacked, and while I wish this creep was dead, I am not certain that things would have been any more in her favor if she had had a gun. She would have most certainly hesitated to shoot, at which time the perp could have disarmed her and used it against her. She was alert and had time to spin around to face the guy as he ran up behind her, so I think that pepper spray would have been very useful in this instance. It's sad that one of only 2 or 3 times she has ever walked even a short distance alone, this happened. And Davis is safer than many of the cities surrounding it. Very, very sad that young women have to live in fear and go through something like this. Luckily my daughter was able to fight off the perp, and even she feels that was luck, not strength. This creep WILL strike again, and he will be more prepared for the fight next time. Please encourage your friends, sisters, daughters, wives, etc., in Davis to be extra cautious and vigilant.
Robin W March 03, 2013 at 11:42 PM
We are hearing of a lot more sexual assaults and robberies in Davis these days. Is this due to better reporting, or has there really been an increase in these crimes recently?
Lisa Qvistgaard March 04, 2013 at 03:00 AM
I'm so terribly sorry this happened to your daughter. Please let her know how proud we are of her for her courage and instinct to fight back! Thank you for warning all of us. We need to stand together and take back our neighborhood!
Kim March 04, 2013 at 07:42 PM
No doubt there is an increase. I am a UCD graduate and have lived in the area for 13 years. DEF more sexual assaults (by strangers) and robberies.
Roxanna Argumedo March 08, 2013 at 05:11 AM
We need to do a Women Take Back the Night Event!


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