SFC makes changes in response to kidnapping

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7:27 p.m.

In addition to having extra police on campus, Santa Fe College has scheduled another class in rape aggression defense training, improved lighting and taken other steps to improve security in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 reported abduction of a student.

That student has returned to classes, according to an SFC news release. Police have not arrested a suspect, and the investigation is continuing.

Electronic message boards with messages asking for information have been posted near Lot 9 on campus and on Northwest 39th Avenue near where the student escaped.

SFC has added extra police during the hours when the campus is open and has placed portable lights near Lot 9 on the north side of campus and Building WA on the south side.

A new rape aggression defense training class has been added. The course covers awareness, prevention, risk reduction, avoidance and the basics of hands-on self-defense training. It is not a martial arts program.

The 18-year-old student told investigators the man, who was armed with a handgun, approached her between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the North Parking Lot near Building O and forced her into his truck. She was able to escape after he spent a few hours driving her around.

Police were notified that the student was missing at 6:41 p.m., when her family called to report that she had not returned home as expected.

The man drove a small, dark pickup with dark tinted windows and a gray interior, the victim told police. He has a dark complexion, but his race was not known, police added. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and jeans, had close-cut hair and a tattoo on his right hand.

Authorities developed a composite drawing of the suspect and reported that the man may be Middle Eastern, may be between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and in his late 20s to early 30s.

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