Campus Advisory

Thursday, February 28, 2019

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Cerritos College Police was notified of a threat to campus employees. A former Cerritos College employee in the early 1990’s, Ruben Ortega, seen here in the attached photo, recently made a verbal threat toward campus bookstore staff. Ortega is homeless and has been known to be living out of an older blue van (no further details). He is described as male, 45 years old, black hair-brown eyes - 5’6 – 175 lbs. If seen on campus please contact campus police immediately at (562) 402-3674



Basic safety precautions

  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Know what is typical and what is not.
  • Call 9-1-1 from a campus phone or (562) 402-3674 from a mobile phone to report suspicious activity.
  • Be aware of parking lots, walkways and restrooms.
  • Travel with others with whom you are comfortable when possible, or call Campus Police for a Security Escort if needed.
  • Let others know where you are going, especially if you might be there alone.
  • If you are uncomfortable, go to a location where there are other people.
  • Headphones can eliminate your ability to be aware of your surroundings.
  • Move confidently at a steady pace and make eye contact with people.
  • Keep keys in hand when moving to a vehicle.
  • Keep windows and doors locked.
  • Check the interior of a vehicle before getting in.
  • Go to the nearest open business or police station if you are being followed.
  • Do not confront a fleeing suspect. Establish a safe distance and obtain a good description and direction of travel for the police.

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