Man arrested for attacking woman in SJSU library restroom

- A man is under arrest on suspicion of assaulting a woman in a San Jose State University library.

Campus police were responding to an unrelated call at the Martin Luther King Junior Library at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Students then told the officers that there was an assault in a women's restroom.

Campus police later tracked down the suspect at the escalators.

Police said he is not affiliated with the school.

A witness told KTVU that the suspect wrapped some sort of wire around the woman's neck. 

‘Alert SJSU’ subscribers received a notice on Wednesday with updated information saying University police responded to the main library for a separate incident when they learned of an altercation on the library’s second floor.  They said the victim, a 56-year-old woman, is not affiliated with the University and was using the bathroom sink. The 37-year-old male suspect, also nonaffiliated, was said to have come out of a stall, grabbed the woman by the neck and pulled the woman into the handicapped stall.

A library patron heard commotion coming from the restroom. The victim was said to have fought off the assailant and fled the restroom.

According to the alert, the woman fled the restroom and police chased the suspect out of the library, where he was then taken into custody.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was booked into County Jail on false imprisonment, disorderly conduct in a restroom, resisting arrest, assault and battery charges and for violating probation as well as revocation of his parole status. 

SJSU’s Provost Andy Feinstein sent a message to faculty and students that said the university are “actively discussing” the case and wanted to ensure the safety at the library, which is shared with the city of San Jose. According to their records it’s an isolated incident.

The female victim was treated at the scene, but declined to go to the hospital.

SJSU has responded with some new security measures. According to the provost, library personnel decided to move two large shelves to a different floor and a metal screen near the bathroom's entrance to increase visibility.  

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