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Police Believe Same Man Responsible For 4 Loyola Sexual Assaults This Month

assault-66There has been four documented sexual assaults towards female Loyola students and staff this month. Now, according to police, they believe the same man could be responsible for the incidents.

The man is described as a having a dark complexion, possibly of Hispanic or Middle Eastern decent, dark wavy hair and in his 20s. In most the cases, he approaches the women from behind, sometimes on a mountain bike.

In the first two incidents the suspect grabbed the woman’s buttocks from behind and quickly fled the scene. The first attack happened around 10 p.m. on Sept, 6 on the 6500 block of N. Kenmore. The second attack happened on Sept. 7 at 9:05 a.m. on the 1600 block of W. Greenleaf.

The third incident happened on Sept. 8 around 12:30 a.m. at 6333 N. Winthrop. The man described as being in his 20s, 160 pounds, 5.7″ tall, medium-length black hair and a black beard fondled the woman from behind. He circled around on his light gray mountain bike and grabbed the woman again, this time on her breasts. The woman broke free and quickly called campus security.

The most recent incident happened around 10:35 p.m. this past Sunday night at 6313 N. Winthrop, by Seattle Hall. As a female student passed two males leaning on a fence, one of the men began to grope her. The student continued to walk south until she reached home where she contacted campus security.

One of the men was a male, 20–25 years old, 6’1,” and 150 pounds, wearing a red-striped tank top and cargo shorts. The other man is described as a male, in his 20s, 5’10,” and 200 pounds wearing a black shirt, black shorts, and a black baseball cap.

In a DNAinfo story, Steven Christensen who is a spokesman for Loyola said, “Our Department of Campus Safety has police officers and security officers patrolling our Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses within our extended boundaries in both marked and unmarked vehicles, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We work closely with the Chicago Police Department. Our officers have regular contact with our local districts and access to CPD’s zone frequencies (radio), which we monitor. On campus, we have an extensive closed-circuit video network.”

The University plans to address these and other campus safety concerns from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Damen Student Center. According to the University, “The event offers an opportunity for students to talk with Campus Safety about crime prevention tips as well as current crime trends. SGLC will facilitate the conversation and offer issues and concerns they have collected from the student body. This event will be the first of many designed to address safety, as it is of the utmost importance to the Loyola community.”



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