UI student wanted in string of California sexual assaults arrested in Champaign

UI student wanted in string of California sexual assaults arrested in Champaign

URBANA — A University of Illinois student accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least four women in California has been arrested in Champaign.

University of Illinois police, with the assistance of Fremont, Calif., police detectives, arrested Kwangmin Jin, 20, on Sept. 23. Jin listed addresses in San Ramon, Calif., and the 400 block of East Springfield Avenue, Champaign.

According to a police report, Jin was arrested on a warrant stemming from a sexual assault investigation.

Jin is being held at the Champaign County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition to Alameda County, Calif.

According to the report, Jin allegedly used fake names (Kevin Park, Kevin Jin, Jeremy Lee and Kevin Lee} to arrange meetings with women on social media sites Facebook, Tinder, Skout and MocoSpace.

Fremont police spokesperson Geneva Bosques said that, between May and August, Jin allegedly used aliases over social media sites to arrange meetings with female victims.

When meeting, Jin allegedly would give his victims an alcoholic drink spiked with a sedative drug. After drinking it and falling unconscious, the woman would be sexually assaulted by Jin, police said.

While police have identified four female victims so far, they say evidence indicates there may be more in the San Francisco Bay area.

“There is a possibility that victims who came in contact with Jin may have little knowledge of the events that transpired due to being sedated,” Bosques said.

Fremont police are asking anyone who believes they have had contact with Jin or one of his aliases either in person or over social media to contact Fremont Police Detective Ken Kwok at kkwok@fremont.gov or 510-790-6900.

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