UC Santa Cruz police investigating possible hate crime

A female student at the University of California at Santa Cruz was harassed and had a rock thrown at her Friday night as she walked through campus, police said.

Around 11:30 p.m., the student reported the incident, which occurred near the school's Quarry Amphitheater, according to police.

The student said she was walking on a footpath northwest from the Quarry Plaza when three men began calling out to her in an offensive manner, police said.

When on student continued walking, one of the suspects then threw a rock at her, striking her in the head.

The woman was able to flee the area and get help, according to police.

She suffered minor injuries from the assault and emergency personnel treated her at the scene.

Campus police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, police said.

The suspects were described as three men in their early 20s. The first suspect was unshaven and wore sweatpants with a dark baseball cap. The second suspect wore a light colored sweatshirt and no further description was given for the third suspect, according to police.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at (831) 459-2231 ext. 1.