• WWU student groped on campus in latest in string of incidents


    Police are investigating a report of a late-night assault on the Western Washington University campus.

    A student says she was groped while walking from the Wilson Library to Nash Hall on the east High Street sidewalk early Tuesday morning. 

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    As the student approached the crosswalk intersection, where the emergency phone is located, she heard a person run up behind her. 

    She then felt two hands, which appeared to be from a male with light colored skin, reach around her and grasp her breasts. 

    When she elbowed the suspect, she heard a deep male voice make a grunting sound. 

    The suspect then ran southbound into the trees toward Wilson Library. The student went to her residence hall and contacted a friend after the incident. 

    The attack is the latest in a string of incidents at the university.

    This sketch was made for some, but not all of 20 incidents on or near the WWU campus.
    Since the start of the school year, there have been more than 20 reported crimes since July that are now under investigation -- indecent exposure, serial flashing and assault. 

    Police provided a suspect sketch for some of the incidents, but said some descriptions of suspects in the incidents have varied.

     Bellingham police do not believe all of the incidents are connected, though some of them may be.

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