Suspect in dormitory sex abuse has no ties to UCLA, police say

The man suspected of sexually assaulting a UCLA student in her dorm room Friday morning is 41 and has no ties to the university, campus police said Saturday.

Jeffery Brewer was arrested on charges of forcible sexual penetration, burglary, false imprisonment, and assault with intent to commit a felony. Bail was set at $1,050,000.

At approximately 2:40 a.m. Friday morning, a man entered the Saxon Suites dormitories through unknown means and attacked the female student in her bed, UCLA police said in a news release.

The incident was reported immediately after the man fled the room, police said. The man was described as heavyset with a curly beard, dressed in all-black clothing and a beanie.

After a day-long search, officers located and arrested the suspect around 9:45 p.m. Friday. The victim and two witnesses positively identified him, campus police said.

The victim, whose age was not released, received medical treatment at the scene, the press release said.

Brewer was arrested by UCLA police on July 11 of last year on unknown offenses, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Inmate Information Center.

UCLA has had more reported sexual assaults than any other school in the 10-campus University of California system — 36 between April 2023 and March 2024. In total, 1,975 crimes were reported at UCLA during that period — theft and robbery being the largest category, with 441 reported, UC system data shows. The vast majority of arrests involved suspects not affiliated with the university of about 46,680 students.

UC Berkeley, the system’s second-largest university with about 45,700 students, received 14 reports of sexual assault among the 2,222 crimes reported between April 2023 and March 2024. Larceny, larceny and motor vehicle theft were the biggest problems there, accounting for 1,000 reported crimes; most of the suspects also had no connection to the campus.

Between April 2023 and March 2024, UC Santa Barbara received 18 reports of sexual assault, UC Davis received 14, and UC Irvine received 13. During that time period, UC Santa Cruz received nine reports, UC Riverside received seven, UC San Diego received six, and UC Merced and UC San Francisco received five reports.

The UCLA Police Department encourages students to report suspicious activity at (310) 825-1491.

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