UAPD and Fayetteville Police Investigate Sexual Assault Cases

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR — University of Arkansas Police, looking into a sexual assault reported Monday.

According to police, a student was assaulted February 26th in the Harmon Parking Garage on campus. The student reported an unidentified white man approached her in the parking garage, asking for help to jump start his car.

She told police he then grabbed her with one hand and touched her under her clothes. She was able to get to her car and drive away. The student described the man as fifty to sixty years old with white hair, around 5’6. Gary Crain with the University Police department hopes anyone with information will come forward.

“We do want anyone who has any information, however insignificant they might think it is, it may be the piece of information we need to identify this suspect.” Crain said.

Just last Friday, another assault report was filed with the Fayetteville Police Department. In that case officers say a minor was touched inappropriately while volunteering at a community event at the Kamp Laundry Mat in South Fayetteville .

The man in the laundromat case is described as in his 50’s, with gray hair and missing his front teeth.

The two departments say they do not have enough evidence to believe these two cases are related at this time, but are sharing information.

The mother of the laundry mat victim says her family was volunteering with their church at the laundry mat by offering food and clean clothes for the homeless. That’s when the man in this picture approached her daughter and others just outside of the event.

“The kids were outside, of this place, playing, and eating. Someone walked up.” The mother said. She described the assailant “Around 5’6, older gentleman, I would say late 50’s early 60’s. Grey hair… teeth missing. I will stop at nothing to make sure that justice is served, I will not stop, until he is apprehended.” She continued.

The man was chased from the event, but escaped and has not been located at this time.

Again, investigators have not linked the two cases, But both Fayetteville Police and UAPD are urging anyone with information on these cases to come forward.

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