TEMPE, AZ - Authorities say a serial groper accused of assaulting multiple woman on the campus of Arizona State University has struck again.
ASU police spokesman Jim Hardina said the suspect groped another woman on the ASU Tempe campus Sunday night. Officials initially reported that two women had been assaulted, but police believe only one incident is tied to the serial groper. The other appears to be unrelated based on the suspect's description.
In the latest case, the suspect groped the female student at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Sunday. According to a police report, the victim told police the suspect rode up behind her and tapped her on the shoulder. When she turned to see who it was, the suspect reached under her shirt and grabbed her breast.
Including Sunday’s assault, police said 10 victims have now come forward and believe all are connected to the serial groper.
Hardina said several victims have come forward after hearing about the other cases through the media.
In at least two cases, the suspect reached under the victim's shirt and fondled the women's breasts. In the other cases, the women told police he grabbed their buttocks before speeding away on his bike.
Police said the most recent victim has been the only one to get a good look at the suspect. She described him as a Middle Eastern, light skinned man in his middle 20s with a thin build.
He reportedly targets women who walk alone on campus.
While authorities insist the campus is safe, they do suggest students change their behavior to avoid becoming a target.
Hardina said ASU police are now working undercover to try and catch the suspect. Officers have also passed out fliers around campus.
Police suggest not using earphones while walking on campus, so as to better hear any potential threats approaching.
The same goes for talking on cell phones or texting, police say.
If you do feel threatened or unsafe, officers are available to assist.
You can call 9-1-1 or for non-emergencies, ASU Police can be reached at 480-965-3456.
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