Police hunt for suspect
The Ministry of Police is on the hunt for an Indian man who is reported to have offered money to U.S.P female students for an hour in a hotel room.
This was confirmed by media spokesperson, Superintendent Sala’a Sale Sala’a, in response to questions sent by the Samoa Observer.
Last week, U.S.P. lecturer Ronna Lee issued a warning on social media to students, especially females.
The University had since lodged a formal complaint with the Ministry of Police.
It’s alleged that an Indian man approached two female students at the University and offered them $400, phones and job opportunities for an hour in a hotel room.
“The Indian man wears glasses and is believed to be above the age of 30, driving a metallic silver/grey sports car,” Ms. Lee said.
Sala’a told the Samoa Observer that several students filed a criminal complaint against the man.
“We have yet to apprehend anyone and as soon as we file charges, the media will be informed,” said Sala’a.
He was unable to give more details, noting the investigation is ongoing.
However Sala’a assured the Police are looking into this matter.
Ms. Lee told the Samoa Observer yesterday that it was fortunate that one of the girls reported this immediately and the University faculty and staff members addressed the matter immediately.
“This predator left before we were able to I.D. his car, but we have reported it to the police and we will issue a warning to all students to stay alert and be cautious.
“Parents and families please stay alert and keep our girls safe from these predators,” said Ms. Lee.
One of the female students pointed out on social media that she saw this person on school campus.
“He drove in front of the bookshop.
“I’m pretty sure that’s him because (sic) he kept on looking in the room where I was in and then turned again and leaves after minutes of parking there, and yes he was driving a silver car.”
She said the students were urged to file a formal report with the security.
Ms. Lee is urging the public to report any man who matches the given description.