An Orange Coast College student being sexually assaulted by a man on campus was able to get away because a good Samaritan saw the attack and intervened, Costa Mesa police said Thursday, Dec. 24.

The 19-year-old student was walking near the Horticulture area and the Technology building just before 5 p.m. Wednesday when an unknown man came from behind and groped her, police said in a statement. As she was yelling for help, police said, the good Samaritan confronted the suspect and the woman was able to flee.

“He helped the victim get away and stopped the assault from escalating,” police said. “CMPD thanks the good Samaritan for his quick intervention to protect a fellow member of his community.”

The suspect fled the scene, but a man who was acting suspiciously on campus and matched the attacker’s description was detained by campus security at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, police said. The man accused of the attack was arrested.

It was not clear if the good Samaritan or the suspect were students.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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