The mystery bike groper has been caught! The University just emailed this out:
On 1/30, UMPD issued a public safety alert in response to a series of criminal sexual contacts around campus. Today’s Star Tribune is reporting an arrest in the case:
Man arrested in groping of 9 women at U
February 4, 2009
A man suspected of groping several women on the University of Minnesota campus was arrested Tuesday night and jailed on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct.
University police arrested the 41-year-old man on the East Bank campus after a woman complained that she had been molested about 8:30 p.m.
She was at least the ninth woman, most of them students, who have grabbed in the genital area by a man who sometimes was riding a bicycle.
The first assaults occurred in December, when two women were groped, and resumed last Thursday, when three women were victimized.
After two more women were groped this week, Minneapolis police issued a crime alert and university police increased patrols on the campus.
About 8:30 p.m., university police dispatchers received a call about a woman who had been touched inappropriately by a man in front of the McNamara Alumni Center.
Police said the suspect was last seen observed running towards the Aquatics Center, but after checking the East Bank and Dinkytown areas, officers spotted a man who matched the description offered by the victim on the West Bank campus.
As the officers were arresting the man, dispatchers told them about another groping that had occurred about 20 minutes earlier on Washington Avenue SE in front of Moos Tower. Both victims, who are students at the university, were brought to the suspect, where they identified the man as their attacker.
While the man was being told of the charges he was facing, he confessed, police said.
The suspect, with a listed address in Brooklyn Center, was booked into the Hennepin County Jail at 11:30 p.m. He has “no known affiliation” with the university, police said.
— BOB VON STERNBERG
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