4 Girls Groped at SJSU Overnight

'We have reason to believe the suspect was walking door-to-door checking for unlocked doors,' a university spokesperson said.

By RJ Middleton and Marianne Favro
|  Saturday, Jan 28, 2012  |  Updated 11:33 AM PDT
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Students walk out of Joe West Hall at San Jose State University on Friday. Four separate attacks occurred on different floors, according to police.

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A suspect is in custody in connection with the groping of four women as they slept in a San Jose State University dormitory building early Friday morning.

None of the victims were injured or raped, university spokesperson Pat Lopes Harris said.

Suspect Michael Escobar (pictured below) was arrested around noon at an off-campus location that was not his home, according to police. He is an SJSU student.

Escobar, a 21-year-old sociology major who lives a few blocks away from campus, was charged with four counts of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

Michael Escobar was arrested as a suspect in four overnight gropings at San Jose State University's Joe West Hall on Jan. 27, 2012 in San Jose, Calif.

The first attack was reported at 3:35 a.m. All four attacks occurred on different floors of the 12-story Joe West Hall.

"We have reason to believe the suspect was walking door-to-door checking for unlocked doors," Lopes Harris said.

The suspect was described as a male, early 20s, Hispanic wearing dark/black clothing.

School officials said they plan to meet with students living in the dorms on campus to remind them to lock their doors and to make sure no one tailgates them into the secure buildings.

The university also sent out a text alert to all the students who subscribe to a cell phone alert system informing them about the arrest.

Escobar has no previous criminal record with the San Jose State University Police.

Lopes Harris said a keycard issued by the school is required for entry into the dorm and for movement between floors on the elevators, but it is common for students to let "tailgaters" enter the building without a key.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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