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More assaults reported at BYU as police search for suspect

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- Police say they have obtained surveillance footage of a man suspected of groping multiple women on the Brigham Young University campus since January.

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- Police say they have obtained surveillance footage of a man suspected of groping multiple women on the Brigham Young University campus since January.

Police received three new reports of unwanted groping Wednesday morning. According to BYU Police Lt. Arnold Lemmon, one woman made a report of an incident that occurred a few days ago.

Then another woman made a report of an incident that happened Wednesday morning. Lemmon said police used surveillance footage from the Wednesday incident to identify a suspect.

Since Jan. 27, police have received 11 reports of a man in his 20s approaching female BYU students and fondling them. In one incident, a suspect broke into a woman's apartment Tuesday morning at about 3 a.m.

Police say a woman caught a man wearing all black with a hood covering his face inside her apartment. The man reportedly grabbed the woman and began groping her -- then ran away when she started screaming and alerted her roommate.

Since Jan. 27, police have gotten similar reports from seven other students. All but one occurred on campus. Another incident on March 3 occurred near campus in the area of 250 East and 600 North.
Lemmon said the evidence indicates that one suspect has been perpetrating at least some if not all of the incidents.

"We doubt that it's eight different suspects," Lemmon said. “If it's the same individual it just means that he is getting more bold, much more aggressive to go into a residence actually attack a woman hold her and fondle her that's taking it up another step.”

The suspect in the Tuesday incident is described as a man who is clean-shaven, of medium build and who speaks with an accent. He is about 5-foot 7-inches tall.

In the other incidents, the man is described as a white man who was wearing either a hoodie or running clothes.

“It's really scary,” said Aimee Myers, a junior. “Actually I was talking to my friends yesterday and we all decided we were going to get pepper spray.”

Freshman Isabel Hart said she carries a rape whistle with her at all times. “I could be the next one and he's still out there and it's scary to know, like I called my mom like oh my gosh this is happening.”

Police are urging students to be aware of surroundings and to avoid walking alone on campus, especially after dark. Anyone with information about these cases is urged to call BYU Police at 801-422-2222.

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