• Tacoma man suspected of groping women in park

    By: Kevin McCarty


    Tacoma, Wash. - Tacoma police have arrested a 20-year-old man accused of riding his bike through the city's north end and groping women as he rode by them. The man was arrested Friday after four women reported being groped by the suspect in Wright Park and along nearby Sixth Avenue.

    Women in the park who talked to KIRO 7 about the incidents said they were disturbed to hear about the incidents in the area, considered to be a safe family-oriented neighborhood. "Riding around on (his) bike and grabbing women? That's kind of scary," said Meslissa Vosburgh, who was sitting with a friend in Wright Park.

    "I think it's sad that people would do this," said her friend Janine Weber.

    Tacoma police said while only four women have come forward to report incidents of groping, police believe there are more cases. "Now we'd just like to know if there is anyone else out there we haven't contacted yet," said police spokesperson Officer Loretta Cool.

    The suspect was arrested Friday on a negligent driving warrant after victims identified him to police. He is expected to face misdemeanor charges but as of Monday charges had not been filed.

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