As of 4:05 p.m., the Malibu campus has experienced an unplanned power outage. Southern California Edison is on site responding and it is unknown at this time as to when power will be restored. We will post further updates as information becomes available.
Access to the West Los Angeles Pepperdine campus is now open. An active crime scene investigation continues across the street at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Shopping Center. Access to The Promenade continues to be restricted.
The Pepperdine University West Los Angeles campus is closed this morning due to an active crime scene investigation at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Shopping Center across the street. University employees who work at the West Los Angeles campus should work from home and be in contact with their supervisors for further instructions. The University will continue to monitor the situation and a decision regarding whether classes will be held at the West Los Angeles Campus later today is pending. Students with classes at the West Los Angeles campus should contact their respective schools regarding whether classes will be held before attempting to come to campus. University operations at all other campus locations are continuing as normal and classes are in session.
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. We also have learned that Lee may focus his attentions on light haired women specifically, and that he has followed Pepperdine students from a local shopping center in Malibu.
Lee remains in custody, but is scheduled for release Friday, November 2. 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 increase patrols, and 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 the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4442.