BOCA RATON (CBSMiami) – The Boca Raton Police Department says Joseph Rutkowski, 21, terrorized several young women on the Lynn University campus, forced his way into a dorm room, tried to kiss two girls and even made his way into the women's restroom while a student was showering.
Police said the incident happened last Wednesday evening after Rutkowski followed three Lynn University students into their secure dormitory and battered two female students inside.
Boca Raton Police said once inside the dorm, "Rutkowski then walked into the women's restroom and began taking off his shoes. He then nudged the shower curtain, before (the victim) screamed and told him to leave."
In another incident, police said Rutkowski forced his way into a dorm room where "he grabbed (a female student) and threw her onto the bed and attempted to get on top of her."
Once students called 911, Rutkowski fled. Police arrested him the next day at his address just blocks from the campus. Rutkowski is locked up in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.
Student Jacqueline Guerrero lives in the same dorm as the women who encountered Rutkowski. She said she's surprised something like this could happen here.
"I just always thought Boca was a safe neighborhood so I never thought in a million years that would happen," Guerrero said.
Security officers guard the entrances to the campus and students say you need an access card to get into a couple of the dorms, including the one Rutkowski entered by following in some students. The bottom line, students say, everyone on campus needs to be more aware of who belongs and who doesn't.
"People should be careful who they're letting in to the dorms and not just let any stranger walk in," said student Sam Schwartz.
"Lynn is such a small school and you can see familiar faces and if they're not, you should probably ask them," said Guerrero.
A Lynn University spokesperson sent CBS4 News a statement about the incident. It reads in part:
"We are working closely with Boca Raton police, who responded quickly to our request for assistance. We immediately cited the individual with trespassing, which bans him from campus. The university has and will continue to provide support services to anyone who was impacted. Resident Assistants are working with residents to provide training and information about intruder prevention measures."
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