Suspect sought in 2 Main Line gropings

January 10, 2012 2:54:28 PM PST
Police are looking for a suspect after two Main Line groping incidents on Monday.

The first incident happened around 9:55 a.m. in front of Chabad of the Main Line at 625 Montgomery Ave. Investigators say the victim, a 26-year-old woman, was walking in the area when a man grabbed her buttocks from behind. He was last seen running south on Haverford Avenue.

Action News spoke to that victim, Alyssa, on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's very weird, especially for this neighborhood. I have friends who live here, who sleep with their front doors unlocked and it's a little bizarre that something like this would happen," she said.

She said the sun was up and vehicles were driving by when the attacker made his move.

"He must have crossed the street and come up behind me and grabbed me. I spun around and started screaming and he ran off the other direction, laughing."

"He definitely touched my backside and tried to grab me in the front," Alyssa continued. "When I started screaming he ran away."

She said she was compelled to come forward and tell her story so other women are aware that this man is out there.

"I think that people should know that if they see something or somebody out of place or doesn't belong - especially in a community like this - they should alert somebody. Women, unfortunately, probably shouldn't walk alone."

The second incident happened at 9:10 p.m. in front of the McCauley Convent at 517 Montgomery Avenue. In that incident, police say a 34-year-old woman was grabbed from behind, pulled to the ground and groped. Again, the suspect was last seen running south on Haverford Avenue.

The suspects is described as a man standing between 5'8" and 5'10" tall wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black cap. In the first incident he was described as white or Hispanic. The victim in the second incident couldn't determine a possible race because his features were obscured by the hood.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Lower Merion Police at 610-649-1000. Any suspicious persons or activity should be reported to the police immediately by calling 911.

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