Assault shocks LMC

Student attacked inside bathroom

A Los Medanos College student reported she was the victim of a sexual assault on campus shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 3.

“We’ve not identified anyone as a possible suspect,” said Lt. Ryan Huddleston of Police Services, stating that the case was still an ongoing investigation and they are looking for additional assistance from those on campus. “We are following up on every lead receive.”

Police Services is asking anyone who was on the second floor of the Main College Complex building between 7 and 9:15 p.m. on the night of the assault to contact them at if they remember hearing or seeing anything that may be useful in aiding the investigation. Those who provide information may remain anonymous.

According to an email sent from Huddleston to district employees March 4, officers on campus received a report of a sexual battery on a female LMC student having occurred in the women’s restroom on the north side of second floor of the College Complex at approximately 9:05 p.m.

Following an area search of the campus, with assistance from the Pittsburg Police Department, it was determined there was no remaining threat to the campus. While no suspect was taken into custody, the investigation is still considered ongoing and active.

“We know it’s a safe campus,” said President Bob Kratochvil. “This certainly is an anomaly, but it’s an unfortunate situation. We’re very concerned about the victim, and certainly our thoughts are with her.”

He added that while “sketchy,” the victim was able to give police a description of the suspect.

In the email sent to employees by Huddleston, the assailant was described as a “white male adult in his mid 30s, blue eyes and an average build.” The suspect was also described as having been wearing a “black hooded sweatshirt, with a black bandana covering his mouth and nose, and wearing black gloves.”

“We have a good presence from our police staff,” said Kratochvil. “We do have a well-lit campus. To have it inside the College Complex is very disturbing.”

Although there is no immediate threat to students or faculty in the aftermath of the assault, Kratochvil was adamant “security and safety” is his number one concern on campus.

“Will security be increased as a result of this incident?” asked Sue Shepardson, of Early Childhood Education at Diablo Valley College in response to the initial email sent to district employees.

“Yes,” said Huddleston. “We’ve brought in additional staffing. We’re utilizing our sister campuses. We have two officers at night, as well as redirecting some of our resources in the fact of how often we patrol certain of the campus, making sure we’re not just in the college complex, but every building.”

Huddleston also explained that Police Services is doing more to make sure that the officers and police aides on campus are not only easily seen by students and staff, but also be available should they have any questions or concerns.

“I believe it’s an anomaly,” said Kratochvil, “but it’s something we’re going to take very serious to try to make sure that we mitigate any future instances like this.”

Anyone with additional information that may be helpful in aiding the ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact Police Services at 439-1505.