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Campus sex attack: man held

A DEAF-mute man posing as a Japanese student who had lost his way at Donghua University attempted to rape a young woman who came to his aid, Shanghai police said yesterday.

A 19-year-old unemployed man from Sichuan Province was detained by officers early yesterday morning.

Police claim he was disturbed by students who heard his victim's cries for help.

According to police, the accident occurred at 7pm on Saturday, when the man showed his victim his cell phone with words saying he was a Japanese student and asking her for help as he had lost his way in the university on Yan'an Road W.

The woman led him to the entrance of a quiet building, but suddenly he grabbed her hand, dragged her into an empty meeting room and attempted to rape her.

A Donghua student, named Pan Jiaolei, described the incident on her microblog on According to her account, the man kissed and touched the young woman violently and then showed the victim his cell phone again.

His message this time claimed he was doing this "for the sake of Sino-Japanese friendship."

The woman finally managed to escape and a group of male students who had been studying downstairs when they heard her cries caught the man and handed him over to the police.

Police discovered that neither the man nor the victim were students at Donghua, but had managed to enter the campus without being challenged by security guards.

The university's security measures came under further scrutiny when Pan claimed many other female students had been sexually harassed by the "fake Japanese student."

Pan said the man frequently visited the university but guards failed to apprehend him because he was familiar with the campus layout.

She said when he was turned over to police on Saturday night a security guard told her that they had been hunting him after a girl reported him, and that a surveillance camera clearly recorded his face days earlier.

On her microblog Pan asked: "Guards saw his face five days ago, so why didn't they patrol on campus to catch him?"

Another security guard told that a young woman had reported a strange man to them and they had been trying to track him down over the past two weeks.

Other students commented on Pan's post, saying that they had also encountered the strange "Japanese student."


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