Special Message: Student Assault Investigation (**Update)

Special Message: Student Assault Investigation (**Update)
The injured woman was taken by ambulance to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.

Joanna Gonzales, a 21-year-old Pomona woman, collapsed in the Admissions Office lobby from an apparent stab wound to her abdomen on Wednesday. She is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

After being taken to the hospital and regaining consciousness, the woman told detectives that she had been grabbed from behind by an unknown, dark-skinned male. This occurred in the women's restroom on the second floor of the CLA Building.

She stated to police officers that when the struggle ensued she reached for her pocket knife, opened it and prepared to defend herself. According to Gonzales, she was stabbed in the struggle.

So far there are no witnesses to the attack, which was reported to police at 8:28 a.m. Police officials are urging anyone who may have seen a suspect or suspicious activity to contact the University Police Department immediately (909-869-3070).

Police officials believe there is no immediate danger to the campus community at this time. They are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the woman's injury, and are maintaining a heightened presence throughout the campus.

Police officers fully examined the area and nearby vicinity where the alleged assault occurred. They have sent the knife to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab for further investigation and expect results in a matter of weeks.

“Many of us spend a great deal of time in the CLA Building. It should be a place where everyone feels and is safe. No doubt this incident shakes that feeling of security. Please be certain, we are doing everything we can to investigate this situation and reinstate that feeling of safety,” University President Michael Ortiz says. “Betty and I will keep this young woman in our thoughts and prayers as she recovers, and I hope you do as well.”

If you were in the vicinity of the CLA Building second floor entrance and/or restrooms on March 12 before 8:30 a.m. and feel you have pertinent information, contact the University Police Department at (909) 869-3070.  

(**Updated at 5:50 p.m., March 12, 2008.)