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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - A campus alert issued Monday said that four female students at American University have reported being approached and fondled while they were walking on Massachusetts Ave. near the campus, according University spokesperson Maralee Csellar.
The incidents took place in the past week, since Sept. 24, but Csellar said they were all reported to university public officials on Monday, when the university promptly sent out the alert after receiving the reports.
All of the women told campus officials they were approached from behind sometime between late evening and early morning hours. All were walking on the 4200 block of Massachusetts Ave. NW, in between the Berkshire Apartments and the Ward Circle Building at the edge of the main campus.
According to the campus alerts, confirmed by Csellar, in three instances, a man grabbed the women's buttocks. In the fourth case, the man grabbed near the woman's chest, then ran off.
The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was seen wearing jeans and a navy blue sweatshirt or dark blue hoodie.
Csellar said that area of Massachusetts Avenue is often traveled by students although it is off-campus.