MUPD reports two assaults with similar suspect descriptions

Thursday, October 25, 2012 | 9:53 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The MU Police Department has received two reports of assault with similar suspect descriptions.

At 9:35 a.m. Wednesday near Speakers Circle on Ninth Street, a woman said she was approached from behind by a man who put her in a "bear hug" and wouldn't let go until another person walked toward them, according to a release from the police department.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday on the fourth floor of Hitt Street Garage, another woman said she noticed she was being followed by a man. When she stopped, he approached her, stood close to her, and asked whether he knew her. When she replied that he didn't, he walked away, according to the release from the police department.

Both victims are African American women. They described the suspect as a white, college-aged male with a thin build, dark brown hair, brown eyes and braces on his teeth, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the assaults should call Detective Sam Easley at 884-3721, or CRIME STOPPERS at 875-8477.

 Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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