Campus groper strikes again: third and fourth time

By Rebeca Piccardo and Jeffrey Pierre / FIUSM Staff

The riding groper on campus is at it again.

After two reported incidents since June, the University alerted students that an unknown male, who has been grabbing girls’ buttocks while passing on his bicycle at the Modesto Maidique Campus, has assaulted two more people over the weekend.

The most recent incidents occurred on Saturday, Sept. 20,  at approximately 8:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 21, at approximately 9 p.m.

The first incident took place by the Wertheim Conservatory at about 10 p.m on June 24. The second incident happened by the Green Library breezeway at about 10:50 p.m. on Sept. 2.

“The incidents typically occur in the evening hours along areas frequented by pedestrians such as the Green Library Breezeway, the Wertheim Conservatory, and the Fountain near the Graham Center and Primera Casa,” according to University-wide e-mail sent on Sept. 22 by External Relations.

Police had previously described the suspect as a “thin white male,” according to a previous alert sent to students in September.

Although FIU police have not confirmed that these cases are related, according to the e-mail, the reported incidents are similar enough in the description and actions of the perpetrator.

The University began alerting students about the riding groper in early September, only after a second incident was reported. These two new cases mark three incidents in just this month.

With the increased frequency of these incidents, University officials are encouraging students to report any suspicious activity, no matter how minor.

To help further investigation, the FIUPD asks students with additional information to contact them at 305-348-2626 or online at the FIUPD website.

This story will be updated are more information before available.

 

-news@fiusm.com

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