Sac State police looking for 6 men after ‘targeted’ student was robbed, assaulted near dorm

Sacramento State police are looking for six men who targeted and assaulted a student Monday near a residence hall.

“We were able to determine through investigation that a robbery and aggravated assault occurred,” campus Deputy Chief Christina Lofthouse said Wednesday. “We believe it is a targeted incident.”

Lofthouse did not provide a motive for the incident. The six men, who were caught on surveillance video, assaulted the male student about 5 p.m. outside of Klamath Hall, according to a Clery Act message sent out by campus police. The victim’s cellphone fell out of his pocket and was taken by one of the men. The group fled the scene in two cars.

The victim went to the hospital for his injuries and was later released.

It’s unclear if the six men involved in the attack have ties to the school.

“At this point, we don’t know,” Lofthouse said. “And that’s why we need the community’s help in helping us identify the suspects.”

Sacramento State reported five aggravated assaults and five robberies from 2020 to 2022. The police department’s website indicates calls were made about four assaults in 2023 and two this year before Monday’s attack.

“Sac State is a very safe campus,” Lofthouse said. “We have police officers and (chief security officers) constantly patrolling the campus. If anybody ever sees anything, please call us and report it. We’re here to help and support our students, staff and faculty and make them feel safe. Safety is the number one priority for us here on campus.”

An investigation into the assault is ongoing. Officers encourage anyone with information to call the Police Department at 916-278-6000.