Monday, October 21, 2019
On October 16, 2019, Pasadena City College Campus Police received an anonymous report of suspicious activity through our Lancer Anonymous Tip Reporting web page, also known as “L.A.T.R.” (https://pasadena.edu/police-and-college-safety/latr.php )
The anonymous report stated that on Wednesday, October 16th, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the reporting party was approached by 2 females on campus who stated they were PCC students and began asking religious based questions, and reading aloud passages that spoke of a “Mother of God”. The reporting party became concerned because she had heard rumors of a group using the “Mother of God” name that were allegedly engaged in cult like behavior.
The encounter was reported to have occurred at the “second quad near the food store”. Both females were described as possibly Hispanic. #1 early 20’s, 5’2, “pudgy” build, dark brown hair, wearing a black long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, carrying a pink backpack. #2 mid 50-60’s, 5’4, thin build, brown hair, wearing a black and yellow dress with an unknown color blazer.
On October 18, 2019, a second anonymous report was received via our Lancer Anonymous Tip Reporting web page, reporting a similar suspicious encounter by 2 males. This second encounter was said to have occurred four days prior, on October 14, 2019, at 9:00 p.m. The reporting party stated they were approached by 2 males near the R Building asking if they had heard of “God the Mother”, and attempted to obtain the reporting party’s phone number. Both males were reported to be Latino, in their early 20’s, 5’10, black hair, 140 lbs., both subjects were said to be dressed in formal attire, “church goer clothing”.
The delay in reporting both incidents was significant (1 hour delay, and 4 day delay respectively). However, upon receipt of this information, Campus Police responded to the area described in the anonymous tips, and were unable to locate any individuals matching the descriptions given.
The individuals involved may be a legitimate religious organization proselytizing on campus. Pasadena City College Campus Police would like to encourage anyone who has a similar encounter to contact campus police without delay, so that we may make contact with the individuals and alleviate concerns, or take appropriate action as necessary.
Safety is our number one concern. Pasadena City College would like to remind students to be aware of your surrounding at all times, on and off campus. Do not engage in unsolicited contact with persons you do not know. Trust your instinct, if something does not feel right, or you feel unsafe, call for police assistance.
On Campus – Call Campus Police at (626) 585-7484, or from any of the Emergency blue phones located throughout campus.
Off Campus – Dial 9-1-1
Prepared and approved by: Steven Matchan, Chief of Police