University of Hawaii Manoa Under Heightened Security

Gregg Takayama
Gregg Takayama
Charene Duboyce
Charene Duboyce
Nozomi Miyanar
Nozomi Miyanar

MANOA (KHNL) - A security alert out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, just a day before the first day of school. UH administrators urge students to make sure their doors are locked at all times.

A student says she was sexually assaulted in her dorm room early Sunday morning, and burglarized.

Just the day before - a similar burglary, no sexual assault, but it happened around the same time, in the same dorm.

The university says in both cases, the students' doors were not locked.

Just as students get settled in before the first day of class, crime strikes at the Mokihana residence dorm.

UH issued an email alerting students that a female student woke up to find a male stranger in her dorm room just before 6:00 a.m. Sunday.

"She screamed, he cut her with a pair of scissors that he happened to be wielding - not seriously, but she was forcibly shoved onto the bed. We found out later that he had taken her wallet," says UH spokesperson Gregg Takayama.

Investigators aren't sure how the suspect got into the building.

"Late at night, the dormitory lobby areas and elevators are supposed to be restricted by card access but it's not unusual for any dorms as in most buildings for students to get when groups of other students get in," says Takayama.

"My friends were saying that it's not hard for people to get in and get out," says sophomore Charene Duboyce.

"People do get in pretty easily. Just the other day when I came here the security asked me, 'Oh can you let me up, key me in' so I guess people could easily just ask that," says freshman Nozomi Miyanar.

UH Manoa is under heightened security. Until police find the suspect, campus leaders urge students to keep an eye out for anyone suspicious, and keep their dorm rooms locked.

The victim didn't get a good look at her attacker, so she couldn't give police a description. UH says it's not sure if the suspect is a student, or if he lives in the Mokihana dorm.