From left, Acting Chancellor Martin
M. Chemers joins students Jeff Basinger and Julia Dean,
alumnus Kai Chang, and Chief Mickey Aluffi. Louise
Students, alumnus honored for helping police
By Louise Donahue
Two UCSC students and an alumnus whose quick action led to
the apprehension of a suspect in a recent attack at the campus
library were honored Friday by campus police.
Julia Dean, a community studies senior from Atlanta; Jeff Basinger,
a film and digital media junior from Poway; and Kai Chang, a
1999 psychology graduate who works at Industrial Light and Magic
in San Rafael, were given awards for outstanding citizenship
at a breakfast at University House.
The three, who were on the scene when a woman was knocked to
the ground inside the library, provided police with information
about the alleged assailant and the vehicle in which he fled.
UCSC Police Chief Mickey Aluffi noted that Dean was struck
by the alleged assailant when she tried to stop him, and that
both Basinger and Chang were threatened with a knife. It
was an act of courage and bravery, and we thank each of you,
Aluffi said in presenting each with a certificate and pin.
Julia Dean was working on a computer in the library near where
the other student was attacked, and shouted to others in the
library to call 911 as she grabbed the alleged assailant
by the collar, she recalled.
Her shout alerted others, and Basinger and Chang followed the
alleged assailant, despite being threatened with a knife. They
helped each other remember the suspect's license number, and
called campus police. Days after UCSC police put out an all-points-bulletin
in September, the suspect was arrested in Oregon.
Also at the breakfast, Nancy Carroll was sworn in as captain/assistant
police chief. Carroll worked for the department from 1981 to
2003, holding several positions, including investigator, patrol
sergeant, canine officer, and field-training manager. She returned
to the department in early 2004, serving as interim captain
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