Suspected Serial Groper Arrested - NBC 7 San Diego

Suspected Serial Groper Arrested



    Suspected Serial Groper Arrested
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    A man suspected of groping four women this month in Little Italy, Core Columbia and at Balboa Park has been arrested.

    The suspect, whose identity has not been released, was arrested for sexual assault and an unrelated weapon’s charge on May 24 shortly after he allegedly grabbed a woman's buttocks in the area of 6th Avenue and Grape Street.

    The suspect made a comment to the victim before walking away into Balboa Park.

    The officers who made the arrest were already in the area searching for the man, described to be in his late 30’s or early 40’s, in connection with a series of recent sexual assaults, said Capt. Mark Jones with San Diego police.

    The suspect is accused of groping women in at least four separate incidents, according to police.

    “It appears [the assaults] were random,” Jones said. “He just walked up to each of the victims … The only thing they had in common was that they were females.”

    On May 10, a suspect allegedly grabbed a woman’s buttocks at Sixth Avenue and A before making a comment and running off, according to a media release.

    On May 16, a man commented on a woman’s appearance in the area of 700 B Street before putting his hand on her bare leg and moving it up her skirt. The woman fought back and the suspect fled the scene, police said.

    Later that day, around noon, the same suspect allegedly grabbed a second woman in the area of Sixth Avenue and Grape Street before laughing and running away.

    Anyone with additional information is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 or the Central Division at (619) 744-9500.