Public Safety Advisory - Mar. 10, 2016

To: University Community

From: Jeff Talbott, Director of Public Safety

Date: March 10, 2016

Subject: Safety Bulletin – Suspicious Person on Campus

On March 9, 2016, Public Safety was notified that on the previous afternoon, a student in Watchorn Hall noticed a male looking through the practice room window.  He knocked to gain her attention and was allowed into the room where he eventually engaged in inappropriate physical contact. The student departed to another room where other students were present, and the intruder departed as well.

The student was able to positively identify the individual to Public Safety by name and photograph from the Facebook profile he had shown her.  The individual has been identified as Marc Colunga, who resides a few blocks east of the University in Redlands.  He was banned from campus by Public Safety in 2014, was found in possession of a single round of firearm ammunition, and was notified he would be arrested for trespassing on campus.  In prior years, Mr. Colunga was known to Public Safety and Redlands Police for illegal behavior targeting women.  Off campus, he has been arrested for a concealed weapon violation and disorderly conduct.  He is known to be hostile and aggressive when confronted. 

Should you see Mr. Colunga on campus, do not confront him and contact Public Safety immediately at (909) 748-8888 or ext. 8888 from any campus phone.

The Redlands Police Department is making contact with Mr. Colunga to reinforce the ban and cite him for trespassing on campus.  All Public Safety personnel are aware of Mr. Colunga’s background and prohibition from campus property and will immediately arrest him if he returns. 

As a reminder:

  • Do not allow access to individuals who are unknown to you.
  • Utilize the Buddy System when walking on or off campus.
  • During hours of darkness, stay in well-lighted areas and use the lighted pathways on campus as much as possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, on and off campus.
  • Avoid and immediately report any suspicious individual or activity to Public Safety.
  • If confronted, attempt to walk away, scream, yell, try to attract attention, and tell the assailant not to harm you.

Our highest priority remains the safety and security of our campus community.  Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Public Safety at (909) 748-8888 or ext. 8888 from any campus phone.  Any off-campus emergency should be reported to Redlands Police at 911.