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Police investigate alleged sexual assault near SDSU

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Another alleged sexual assault near the San Diego State campus is raising concerns as police continue to investigate the reported crime. 

The alleged incident happened around 1 a.m. Saturday at the Zapotec Residence Hall. The victim's friend reported it to police.

It now marks the fourth sexual assault campus police have investigated since the beginning of this school year.

"It's definitely scary...I hope they at least give us some type of warning about it...we didn't hear anything about it," one student said.

Having just learned about an alleged sexual assault that happened inside their San Diego State owned building, friends Elizabeth Limotta and Maria Montgomery admit they're on edge.

Campus police routinely send out safety alerts when crimes occur.

That didn't happen this time.

But CBS News 8 did speak with a department captain who confirmed the assault reportedly occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday at Zapotec, an off-campus apartment complex located on 55th Street.

While few details have been released, officials say the victim's friend reported the incident and that a college-aged suspect has been identified and is talking to police.

"We've identified who he is, so we don't have any specific concern about this individual, but our safety message continues to be the same," Josh Mays said.

That message, says Captain Josh Mays, is for students to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity.

He also advises them to limit how much they drink -- adding -- detectives are working to determine if alcohol played a role in Saturday's reported assault, as it has in the majority of sexual crimes at SDSU.

"More than 95 percent of sexual assaults that occur, alcohol is involved by one or both parties...that's why part of our safety message is limit alcohol," Mays said.

Saturday's incident is the fourth reported sexual assault here since the school year began.

Just last week, staff and students held a 'yes means yes' forum where they learned and discussed the importance of reporting such cases and making sure there's a verbal acknowledgement that sex is okay versus only stopping when someone says no.

The female students CBS News 8 spoke with say they don't walk alone, and that was something else campus police are reminding students of to walk in groups, and if you plan on drinking try and have a sober friend with you.

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