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Man reportedly harassing women on UOG campus

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As thousands of students returned to school this week, they should remember to remain vigilant about their safety, as just this week a perpetrator was reported roaming the University of Guam campus, causing the Home of the Tritons to send out an alert to students and faculty.

It was earlier this week that the latest case of harassment was reported at UOG's Mangilao campus. University spokesperson Jonas Macapinlac said, "We have two incidents where the suspect is described as driving a black pickup truck, short hair, dark complexion, and wearing a tank-top. So this person, a male suspect, was driving around and soliciting female runners joggers around the campus for sexual favors."

"We've sent out an alert to the university community wanting them to be vigilant to be cautious and to take precautions," he added.

The official alert was also shared heavily on social media.

KUAM News has learned the male suspect approached women who were walking around the UOG campus alone. He then called out to them and asked them to perform sexual favors in exchange for money. So far only two incidents have been formally reported to campus security.

So what should students know to stay safe? "Try not to exercise by yourself or walk around the campus by yourself and one of the instructions was to draw attention if anyone were to approach you in that way," he suggested. "Draw attention toward that suspect and head towards crowds, so the safety of our university community is of our utmost concern. And we'll do everything we can to take care of this situation. Our security and safety office is aware and they are being vigilant watching out for any further incidents."

Macapinlac says campus security is strengthened at the beginning of the school year due to the influx of new students and visitors. Because Mangilao is a hub for students of all ages he says it is important to remain aware, and report any incidents. He says campus security is available 24/7 and works closely with the Guam Police Department.

University of Guam acting safety administrator David Okada says aside from patrolling school grounds, campus security is also available to escort students to and from their vehicles before and after classes. To learn more about these services or to provide information on this or other crimes at UOG you are encouraged to call 888-2456.

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