Damian Trujillo

SJSU Police Bolster Patrols After Rash of Sexual Batteries

San Jose State University police bolstered their presence around campus Thursday after the report of a man groping a female student Wednesday. It was the fourth sexual battery report at the college in less than a month.

The latest incident happened about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor stairwell of Duncan Hall. A female student was walking down the stairs when a man groped her then ran away, university police said.

The incident came just two days after another student said she was groped after walking into the student union.

Campus police released photographs of who they believe is the suspect in that case.

"I'm always cautious because of the area, but its definitely keeping me on edge," student Alice Soroka said.

A similar battery occurred last Wednesday in the stairwell of Sweeney Hall. That’s near the same location where two other women say they were groped by the same man within seconds of each other on Nov. 21.

Student Alexandria Hernandez said she carries pepper spray wherever she goes, just to be safe.

"All of the women here should definitely carry pepper spray, just in case,” she said.

Police are not certain if one man is responsible for all of the gropes or if there are more suspects to look for.

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