Modesto police received two reports of a man grabbing women on the Virginia Corridor and fondling them.
MODESTO, CA - A popular area for runners and joggers in Modesto has been the scene of two recent sexual assaults, police say.
Two reports of a individual in his late teens fondling women were received Jan. 18, said Ivan Valencia, Modesto Police Department spokesman. The first victim reported she was running along Virginia Corridor near the pedestrian footbridge crossing W. Briggsmore Avenue just before 4 p.m. that Friday when a teen running behind her came up and put his arms around her. He then proceeded to fondle her, she told police. She said she told him over and over to let her go and she was eventually able to break free and yell for help. The teen separated and walked away, she reported.
A little over two hours later, at about 6:14 p.m., another woman running along the path was grabbed by a male and fondled, Valencia said. She pushed him off and he ran off on westbound Granger Avenue.
The groper was described in both incidents as black, in his late teens with an "Afro" hairstyle, Valencia said. The individual wore a large, brown sweater; black jeans; had on headphones and was carrying a backpack.
In addition, Valencia said police received a call on Tuesday, Feb. 5, that a black man with an Afro was following women on the Virginia Corridor near Stoddard Avenue. Officers went to the area but did not find anyone matching the description.
Valencia said it was believed the same person is involved in the three incidents.
Police asked anyone who may have information regarding these incidents to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type "TIP704" along with your message.