SLO Police Investigate Late Night Assaults

SLO-PoliceSan Luis Obispo, CA — The San Luis Obispo Police Department is currently investigating a pair of assaults that took place on February 2nd, and 3rd, 2013, in the late night and early morning hours. The victims in both cases were college age women.

The first assault occurred at approximately 11:00 PM in the 1200 block of Foothill.  The two victims were walking together when they were approached by a male subject who they described as 19-20 years old, six feet tall weighing 180 pounds, and wearing a black sweatshirt and black baseball hat.  The suspect stepped in between the two women and grabbed the rear area of their pants and tried to pull out their underwear.  After being unsuccessful in removing their underwear the suspect fled the area.

The second assault occurred on February 3rd, at approximately 4:15 AM in the 700 block of Foothill.  The victim in this case was waiting in the area for a taxi when she was approached by the male suspect.  He was described as a male white with olive colored skin, 19-20 years old with short dark hair and a very slender build. He was wearing a dark shirt with a dark zip-up hoodie and light colored baggy jeans. The suspect pulled the victim near some bushes then forced his hands down the front and back of her pants and sexually assaulted her. The suspect fled the area as the taxi was arriving at the location.

The victims in both these cases were not physically injured, but were all very traumatized.

In March and April of 2012 two similar assaults occurred.  An additional assault occurred on the Cal-Poly campus and was investigated by the Cal-Poly Police Department. The suspect in those assaults was also described with a similar physical appearance. It is unknown at this time if the same suspect is responsible for all these sexual assaults.

While these cases are currently being investigated by the San Luis Obispo Police Department, we ask that anyone with information regarding these assaults please notify the police or Crime Stoppers. The police also recommend that people out late should stay in groups and walk in well-lit areas.