UC Irvine officials were warning students Friday to be vigilant as campus police continued searching for a man who broke into university housing and exposed himself to a female student.

A prominent UCI sign at Crawford Hall, part of the Crawford Athletic Complex. UCI sign at Crawford Hall – the athletic complex.Photo by Allyunion at en.wikipedia [Attribution, CC BY-SA 3.0, GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], from Wikimedia Commons.
University officials advised students to make sure their doors, screens and windows are closed and locked and to avoid propping open doors. Students were also advised to immediately report locks and latches that don’t work properly to maintenance workers so they can make repairs.

Students were also encouraged to dial 911 or use emergency phones on campus if they see an emergency or a crime in progress. Most students will be gone by Monday as the university is holding graduation ceremonies this week, said UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon.

Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, a female student told campus police that a man had broken through a locked screen door of her apartment, UCI officials reported.

The student heard the intruder in the living room, and then moments later he exposed himself to her in the campus apartment’s bedroom, officials said. The student chased the suspect out of the apartment.

The suspect was described an Asian man in his 20s who has black hair and is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He was clean- shaven and was wearing a royal, blue, long-sleeved shirt and dark long pants.

A photograph of the intruder was taken by the student, and the university released the image to the public.

Anyone who has information about the case was asked to call Detective Sgt. Charles Chon or Officer Ray Keith at (949) 824-5223.

— City News Service

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