2 women assaulted on UH Manoa campus

University of Hawaii at Manoa's Kennedy Theater
University of Hawaii at Manoa's Kennedy Theater
Wayne Ogino
Wayne Ogino
Kathryn Xian
Kathryn Xian

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities are investigating two separate assaults involving female students at UH Manoa. One student was in the Kennedy Theatre women's dressing room around 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday. She told authorities that someone covered her head with a sweatshirt.

"He told her not to scream, but she struggled so I guess he realized somebody was nearby and decided to leave," said UH Manoa campus security chief Wayne Ogino.

The man who fondled her is described as 5'8," weighing 180 to 200 pounds, with brownish, bleached bushy hair. According to UH crime statistics, 12 sex assault cases were reported on the Manoa campus last year.

Security officers are now planning more patrols.

"More frequent checks. We probably will do some briefings with the students on their personal safety. A lot of it depends on them being aware and alert," said Ogino.

This comes just days after another assault. Authorities said a female student was walking back to her dorm around 3:20 a.m. on Saturday when she was attacked near Murakami Stadium. The suspect is described as a tall male who was wearing jeans and a dark blue long-sleeved buttoned shirt.

"It looked like she may have been hit several times. She was bleeding. Security, fortunately, was in that area so heard her scream and was able to respond very quickly," said Ogino.

On average, there are six security officers patrolling the 300-acre campus. Girl Fest Hawaii has been pushing for more security personnel, guard shacks, and lighting in dark areas.

"It's about time that the university takes significant steps to address all of our demands so that no other female has to go through this abuse," said Kathryn Xian of Girl Fest Hawaii.

UH is working on installing a closed circuit TV system to improve surveillance, but critics believe it's not enough.

"It just makes we very disappointed and enraged because what could have been prevented was not," Xian said.

If you have any information, please call the Honolulu Police Department or Campus Security at 956-6911/956-8211.

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