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UTEP police: Man follows two girls, tries to force his way into dorms
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- A man allegedly followed two University of Texas at El Paso students from the Glory Road Transit Center to Miner Village, then tried to force his way into the dorms after them.
Now, students across campus, even those who don't live in the dorm, are on high alert.
"You think that you're safe, that you live right there, it's just something just unexpected," said Beatriz Suro, a UTEP student.
"It's scary that you think you can't be safe anywhere you go, even if you're going to your dorm. Or if you're just walking with your friends, that's scary for really anyone," said Reyna Puentes, another UTEP student.
"Actually that day, I went to my friend's dormitory and I was walking by the stadium and I was pretty scared, I'm not going to lie. I was walking to the stadium and I was like, 'Whoa, this just happened,'" said Salvador Fierro, a UTEP student.
"As a matter of fact, this is the first incident that has occurred, especially this type of incident, I think ever since I've been here, and I've been here for seven years," said Ray Rodriguez, assistant chief of UTEP police.
UTEP police say Tuesday, two 19-year-old students got off at the Glory Road Transit Center and headed for Miner Village when they realized they were being followed.
The girls quickly sped up and made their way toward one of the dorm's gated entrances.
"They shut it, they shut the door and the guy kicked the door in, he pushed the door in, but he wasn't able to get in," Rodriguez said.
Soon after, students inboxes filled with an email alert.
"Once something happens here, we notify our community and make sure that they understand what's going on and try to help us help them, and make sure that they are safe," Rodriguez said.
UTEP police said prevention is key -- but they are there at all times.
"If you feel like something's going to happen, if you don't feel safe, you call us. We'll go down, we'll either walk with you to your car, or take you by car or truck to your car and stay there until you leave," Rodriguez said.