Suspect seen groping woman on camera in Irvine arrested

A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman near the UC Irvine campus is in custody, according to Irvine police.

Officials said the suspect, 23-year-old Brandon Dybdahl of Beaumont, was arrested Wednesday in Laguna Hills. Dybdahl admitted to the crime but said it was a "mistake" and was "embarrassed," according to police.

Officials released security video showing the moments Dybdahl allegedly attempted to grope and restrain the victim from behind as she screamed for help. The incident happened in broad daylight.

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Brandon Dybdahl / Irvine PD

Dybdahl was last seen on Saturday, June 10 leaving the scene near Scholarship and Graduate on the university’s north campus.

The victim was doing exercise laps around campus and now, campus residents are on high alert.

"I’ve lived here for a while. I’ve never seen anything like that. I exercise a lot… I was actually going to go on a run right now….so that’s a little scary," said campus resident Charmaine Platon. "I hope all women know how to defend themselves and are alert."