Two sexual assaults reported in SLO over the weekend

jhickey@thetribunenews.comFebruary 4, 2013 

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is investigating two reports of sexual assaults against college-age women that took place over the weekend on Foothill Boulevard.

The first assault occurred at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Foothill, according to a news release from San Luis Obispo police. Two women were walking together when a man approached and stepped in between them. He grabbed the rear area of their pants and tried to pull out their underwear but was unsuccessful, and he fled the area. Victims described him as 19 to 20 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds, and wearing a black sweatshirt and black baseball hat.

The second assault occurred Sunday at approximately 4:15 a.m. in the 700 block of Foothill. A woman was waiting in the area for a taxi when a man pulled her near some bushes, forced his hands down the front and back of her pants and sexually assaulted her, police said. He fled the area just as the taxi arrived. The victim described the man as a white male with olive-colored skin, 19 to 20 years old, with short dark hair and a very slender build. He was wearing a dark shirt with a dark zip-up hooded sweatshirt and light-colored baggy jeans.

“The victims in both these cases were not physically injured, but were all very traumatized,” said police in a news release.

In March and April 2012, two similar assaults occurred in the area of Slack Street and Hathway Avenue near the Cal Poly campus. An additional assault occurred on the Cal Poly campus and was investigated by Cal Poly's University Police Department. The perpetrator in each of those assaults was described as having a similar physical appearance, but it is unknown whether the same man is responsible for all the sexual assaults, police said.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is asking that anyone with information regarding the assaults please notify the Police Department at 781-7317 or CrimeStoppers at 549-STOP.

Police also recommend that people out late should stay in groups and walk in well-lit areas.

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