Man tries to grab student near HCC campus

HCC sends warning to students

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON -  Houston Community College sent a warning to students after an attempted abduction near the Spring Branch campus on Thursday morning.

Investigators said a female student had just gotten off the bus and was walking to class when a man tried to grab her.  She was able to get away and notify the police.

It happened near the 10100 block of the Katy Freeway service road around 6:30 a.m.  The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and  200 pounds. 

On Thursday, HCC administrators sent an email to students detailing the crime and telling them to watch their surroundings and walk in pairs whenever possible. 

Some students said they even got a phone call from campus police.

"They'll call you and it's a voice recording from the police officer," said Janet Mora, a student at HCC-Spring Branch.  "It's kind of scary, you have to watch your back every time."

"Yeah, I am very shocked and it makes me scared right now," said Sheila Omoruyi, an HCC student.  "It could have been me or someone I know.  Some of my classes are in the morning."

Anyone who sees suspicious individuals in the area are urged to contact the Houston Police or the Houston Community College Police Department at 713-718-8888. 

Because the incident happened off campus, the Houston Police Department is the agency handling the investigation. 

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