We previously notified the community about an incident on September 17, 2012 regarding a suspicious person, later identified as Hank Lee, who chased and harassed women on Res Road on the Malibu campus. The individual has no affiliation with Pepperdine, and was taken into custody by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for a mental health evaluation and involuntary treatment. We have credible evidence that while in custody Lee made threats against the Pepperdine community. Specifically, he stated his intent to “impregnate women at Pepperdine” and “kill anyone who gets in his way.” Although it appears that he was in a delusional state when he made the statement, we want to be thoughtful about community safety and ensure the community has all relevant information.
Lee remains in custody, but may be released soon. We will notify the community when his release date becomes known. The University is working with law enforcement, and has secured a restraining order against Lee, prohibiting him from coming on any University property. Public Safety will be watching for him; he should be considered dangerous. If he is observed on any Pepperdine campus, call 911 immediately, then call the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4441 (or extension 4441 on campus). An important aspect of community safety is all members remaining vigilant and looking out for one another.
If you have questions, or to report suspicious activity, you may contact Public Safety 24 hours a day:
Emergency on campus extension – 4441
From an off campus line – (310) 506-4441
From a “blue light” phone – Dials automatically
Anonymous Tip Hotline – (310) 506-7634
Security escorts are available by calling Public Safety at (310) 506-4442.