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Culver City Man Pleads Not Guilty in Attempted Sex Assault of UCLA Student

Evan Ryan Baldwin could face life in prison if convicted.

A man arrested last week for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a UCLA student in her Westwood apartment pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of assault with intent to commit rape, according to Daily Bruin reports.

Evan Ryan Baldwin, 22, is currently being held on $1 million bail. He could face life in prison if convicted, the Daily Bruin reported. 

According to UCLA police, the incident took place at 2:20 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the victim's apartment in the 400 block of Landfair Avenue.

The suspect fled after the victim screamed, but was quickly apprehended near Veteran and Weyburn avenues after the victim's roommate called police.

"This is an excellent example of how campus police and the community work together to protect the community," UCLA Police Chief James D. Herren said in a statement. "The prompt phone call and excellent suspect description helped our officers to make a timely arrest."

It appeared the suspect entered the victim’s apartment through the front door, KTLA reports. There was no sign of forced entry.

This incident is the latest in a string of crimes that have occurred on or near UCLA's campus in recent weeks.

Just last week, a student was robbed while walking northbound on Gayley Avenue, near Strathmore. In February, a man allegedly attempted to sexually batter a victim at home near campus. In late January, police were investigating a robbery that left one man with minor abrasions to his face after being punched several times near the campus. A student was allegedly threatened with a knife in an anti-gay hate crime on Jan. 18. On Jan. 7, a male student was robbed at gunpoint and a female student was the victim of an attempted sexual assault.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Glenn E Grab March 10, 2013 at 03:55 PM
this is an awful incident, but, how about the Santa Monica woman who, when probably drunk, ran over and killed a towtruck driver on PCH, fled the scene, hit another parked car, and was caught....she got out on $75,000 bail...was that anywhere near equal justice?...
Jamie March 22, 2013 at 10:11 PM
So where is the follow up article stating that the prelim hearing is postponed until April 1 because the prosecutor "isn't ready" most likely due to lack of evidence? Yet he is still being held, innocently, on 1 million bail...


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