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Saturday, 09 February 2013 05:15

Modesto Police Investigate Assaults on Virginia Corridor

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Modesto police are investigating two sexual assaults that happened three weeks ago on the Virginia Corridor.

Both attacks happened on Jan. 18 near the pedestrian foot bridge that crosses Briggsmore Avenue.

In the first case, a woman was running on the Virginia Corridor path just before 4 p.m. As she approached the foot bridge, she noticed a man running behind her. She told police he caught up to her and wrapped his arms around her, then began fondling her. She said she repeatedly told him to leave her alone. The woman was able to escape and she began yelling to get attention. The man then distanced himself from the woman and walked away.

The woman told police the man was black, in his late teens, about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a slim build. She said he had an “Afro” hairstyle with long sideburns and was wearing a large brown sweater, black jeans, headphones and was carrying a backpack.

Police said the second incident happened at about 6:15 p.m. that same day on the south end of the same pedestrian bridge. In that case, a female runner said she was grabbed by a man who was similar in appearance to the attacker in the first attack. She said he fondled her until she was able to shove him away. The man fled and was last seem running west on Granger Avenue.

On Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. police received a call stating a man was following women on the Virginia Corridor near Stoddard Avenue. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the man. He was described as having an “Afro” hairstyle and was wearing a blue and black striped shirt.

Police ask 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.

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