Crazed Intruder Arrested At HSU – October 24, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

HSU — A suspect was arrested Sunday morning at approximately 2:30 a.m., after allegedly committing unauthorized entry to the residence halls areas of the Humboldt State University campus and assaulting several residents and Housing Staff members. Minor injuries were reported, however no persons involved with the incident required hospitalization.

The suspect, who is not a Humboldt State University student, reportedly assaulted a female resident in Sunset Hall. Another resident is reported to have assisted in fending off the attack, while the suspect was able to flee on foot. The suspect is then reported to have continued assaulting residents in the public walkway outside the Cypress Residence Hall. Officers from the University Police Department and the Arcata Police Department responded to multiple calls and arrested the suspect in the area near the Jolly Giant Commons.

The suspect, Martin S. Alvarado, 29, of Pico Rivera, Calif., was transported to Humboldt County Jail, where he was booked on charges of Sexual Assault, False Imprisonment, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assault and Battery and Public Intoxication. Additional charges are pending an investigation.

Staff from HSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services were on hand Sunday to brief Housing Staff members on services available for those involved. Individuals are encouraged to seek counseling through the university during normal operational hours, 9 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those seeking immediate counseling support should contact Humboldt County Mental Health at (707) 445-7715. HSU’s Housing will be hosting a series of meetings to discuss the incident Monday night. Check the Housing website at for more information.

Additionally Housing staff members are conducting a full review of security and access procedures throughout the residence hall areas of campus and University Police has launched a full investigation into the incident.

Persons with specific knowledge of the events are encouraged to contact UPD at (707) 826-5555.

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6 Responses to “Crazed Intruder Arrested At HSU – October 24, 2010”

  1. thisbodega

    why was this 29 year old person who was reportedly not a student on campus in the first place walking around assaulting innocent students at 2am? this media reported on only half the story as the perpretrator apparently entered a couple of HSU dorms apparently assaulting only female students along the way even entering one dorm room and attempted to pull a sleeping student from her bed while other students attacked the intruder. this is a nightmare for students and parents alike, where’s the reporting of facts. it seems like there’s an intentional squelch on this matter including whether this person is even in the country legally. retail and special interest motivated ideology should never be allowed to trump student security.

  2. Leelo


    I see you know some of your facts on the issue- this helps your argument. HOWEVER, dont start making assumptious remarks that make you look ignorant…

    “it seems like there’s an intentional squelch on this matter including whether this person is even in the country legally.”

    if thats not racial profiling, i dont know what is.

    lets keep this about the issue at hand and leave out your OWN motivated ideologies.

  3. father

    what’s going on. this should have been stopped at the first attempt . are our kids safe at your school

  4. Alumni

    It was stopped before anyone was raped and nobody needed to visit the hospital. I’d call that success. Or would you prefer there be 12 foot high fences with razor wire around the school?

  5. Alumni

    On another note, come on Arcata Eye. Your article just pleads for responses. I think the article on Contra Costa Times’ site is far more informative.

  6. father2

    as of today the DA’s office has not talked to several of the students who’s rooms were broken into and physically assaulted. this is nearly a month after the assaults took place, one would think they would want to know what happened first hand.


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