Same man suspected in 3 Princeton groping incidents

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Same man suspected in 3 Princeton groping incidents. Nora Muchanic reports during Action News at 4pm on April 21. (WPVI)

Police in Princeton, New Jersey have released a sketch of a man who may be responsible for groping three women.

Investigators released video of one incident last week. They've hidden the woman's identity.

"It takes a lot of nerve to approach a woman and do this on a city street in daylight hours, so it is a serious thing," said Chief Nicholas Sutter of Princeton police

The assault seen on video happened on April 12th. The victim, whose image has been protected, was walking along Moore Street near Spruce when the suspect runs up behind, grabs her buttocks with two hands, then turns around and takes off.

The victim, a grad student at Princeton, gave police a description resulting in a suspect sketch.

Detectives now think this is the same man who has committed similar assaults in town at least once a year since 2014.

"We feel, based on his actions and his patterns, that this is probably occurring to other victims and it's either unreported or it's happening in other jurisdictions," said Sutter.

He believes the suspect is local or at least knows the area, and the police department is circulating the video and the sketch hoping to track down this serial groper.

"Hopefully we're going to have people come forward that know this person. We need the public's help," Sutter said.

If you have any information you are asked to call Det. Chris Craven of the Princeton Police Det. Bureau at 609-921-2100.

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