Police: Students rush to help victim of campus assault

- Students at Montgomery College rushed to help a fellow student who was being assaulted inside a bathroom, police said.

A female student said she saw a strange man during the day on Monday, and she spotted him again in the library of the Rockville campus last night. The next thing she knew, according to police, the suspect cornered her in a bathroom.

“The suspect in this case followed her into the restroom, blocked her escape, made some sexual hand gestures and physically put his hands on her – pushing her further back into the restroom,” said Major Eric Over with Rockville Police.

The victim screamed and several people came to help. Police say the suspect, 46-year-old Chong Yi, left the bathroom, but he did not get away.

“The witness in this case took off running, chased the suspect down, tackled him down on the first floor before he could get outside and told people to call security,” said Over.

The suspect was not a student, but because Montgomery College has an open campus policy, he did not need authorization to enter the library.

The college said students were notified about the incident through a campus alert.

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