MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - An alleged sex assault happened early Sunday morning in the Hale Noelani apartment complex at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The victim lives in a unit in the three-story walkup.
"Apparently, she went to Waikiki with some friends and came back to the dormitory. That's where the incident happened," campus security chief Wayne Ogino said.
Colleen Leung, a freshmen who lives in the dormitory nearby, said she's shocked by the thought of a crime so close to her front door.
"I walk around campus a lot at night. And I run sometimes at night by myself. So it's really scary," she said.
Ogino said his staff sent an email and text alert to students and faculty.
"It happens within minutes -- as soon as we have the information," he said.
The suspect is described as a male in his early 20s, five-feet-eight inches and 180 pounds with short black hair and a muscular build. The security alert said he was wearing a white t-shirt, shorts and slippers.
You need a key card to get into the apartments at Hale Noelani but students say the screened windows are vulnerable.
"They put little twisty locks on them to hold them back. But unless the full window is closed someone could easily just break in through the screen," student Reece Bonilla said.
Two years ago there were five reported sex assaults in UH dorms, and one last year.
Ogino said students need to be careful all the time.
"It really depends on the students taking responsibility and taking precautions," he said.
Leung said she'll take extra precautions.
"I think I'm going to walk around with a buddy now, do the buddy system and just try not to be out at night, if I can," she said.
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