The suspect and victim had conversed via social media under anonymity.
A social media app with an anomoninity feature may have been a contributing factor in the rape of a student at California State University San Marcos in broad daylight on Tuesday.
It happened on campus Lot B about 11 am on Tuesday according to an alert sent out to students that day.
University police are currently investigating the crime.
The victim and the suspect had prior communication via a social media app that hides the identity of its users according to the school’s advisory.
Fox 5 San Diego reports that the suspect drove the victim to lot B and raped her.
After the crime, the suspect then drove the victim back to Craven Circle and let her go. The victim then called University police.
Interim Associate Vice President for Communications, Margaret Chantung, told NBC 7 that officials think it was a targeted assault because both people had communicated with one another through social media.
They cannot say if the attacker will use the application again to target other female students.
“We do want the students to be aware not to meet up with people they do not know off of a social media app,” Chantung said.
The assailant is described as being between 25 to 35-years-old, with his hair in a ponytail; his hair was shaved on both sides of his head.
He was last seen wearing a dark blue t-shirt with red letters and dark gray pants.
There isn’t a sketch of the suspect at this time and it is unclear if there is surveillance footage.
The vehicle involved is described as an older white Honda four-door.
“The investigation is just beginning,” Chantung said. “So evidence is very preliminary.”
The car involved in the incident was described as a four-door, older white Honda.
University police are asking anyone with information to call them at (760) 750-4567, or use the University’s SAFE hotline at (760) 750-SAFE. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.