Officials seek other possible victims of man arrested in college assault

Authorities today urged people to contact them if they were victimized by a 27-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting female Santa Monica College students.
Authorities today urged people to contact them if they were victimized by a 27-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting female Santa Monica College students. Photo credit Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

SANTA MONICA (CNS) - Authorities today urged people to contact them if they were victimized by a 27-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting female Santa Monica College students.

Christopher Noah Griddine II was arrested on Sept. 26, and was being held in lieu of $3.2 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Campus police issued a warning on Sept 22 saying they had received a report about a man befriending female students in an outdoor seating area south of Drescher Hall. After befriending the women, the suspect would then lure his victims off campus and sexually assault them, campus police said.

About 9 a.m. on Sept. 26, deputies and officers from the Santa Monica College Police Department located Griddine, a student at the college, seated in his vehicle at the campus and placed him under arrest, the sheriff's department reported.

"Based on the nature of the offenses, detectives believe there may be additional unidentified victims,'' a sheriff's department statement said. ``Detectives are working with the Santa Monica College Police Department and are seeking the public's help in identifying any more victims.''

Anyone with information on the case was urged to contact the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273 or specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or go to lacrimestoppers.org.

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