ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) – There’s been another sexual assault reported near the University of Michigan campus, the sixth such attack since earlier this month.
In the latest incident, a student told Ann Arbor Police she was walking to her car when she was grabbed from behind and forcibly fondled. It happened at around 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, at State Street and Monroe.
The young woman managed to break away and flee to a nearby apartment. She described the suspect as 5’10”, in his early 20’s, without facial hair.
Police Chief Barnett Jones tells reporters “a predator or predators” is to blame for the attacks Tuesday and July 15-18 and, in each case, women walking alone were targeted late at night or early in the morning. All of the women attacked were in their 20’s to early 30’s.
“We’ve had instants where he has grabbed them, controlled him, assaulted them by groping them — that is a sexual assault, also — and in only one case where he had penetration,” Jones said.
Jones said Tuesday night’s fondling incident spurred release of a new duel composite (seen above).
“Because they differ, to a certain degree, and they’re similar to a certain degree. So, we have yet to decide if it’s one or more, which is why I wanted to get both of those composites out there,” he said.
Police are urging women to avoid walking alone at night, and to avoid distracting like texting or talking on a cell phone while walking.
Anyone with information is advised to call Crimestoppers or the Ann Arbor Police.