EDGEWATER — Loyola University's campus safety officers arrested a man they think is responsible for a series of gropings on or near campus this month, the school said Thursday.
"Last night, our Campus Safety police officers arrested a subject in connection to sexual abuse incidents that were reported in early September on and around the Lake Shore Campus," Thomas K. Murray, director of campus safety and chief of police said in an announcement on the university's website. "The subject, who is not affiliated in any way with the Loyola community, is now in the custody of the Chicago Police Department."
Loyola said the man was suspected in at least three of the incidents, which date to Sept. 6.
In each incident a man, usually on a bike, sneaked up on a lone woman at night and grabbed her buttocks or breast.
The university said police still are looking into the most recent incident Sunday night, when a Loyola student reported being touched on her buttocks while walking in front of Seattle Hall at 6313 N. Winthrop Ave. by one of two men leaning against a fence in front of the building.
After one of them touched her, the men walked away, police said.
Chicago Police did not confirm a suspect was in custody Thursday afternoon.
On Monday, Chicago Police said they thought the same man was involved in all the incidents.
Anyone with more information is asked to call Campus Safety at 773-508-6039, or the Chicago Police Department at 312-744-8263, or 911.
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