COLUMBIA — A suspect in two reports of assault, one described as a "bear hug," has been arrested and identified as Timothy W. Anderson.
Anderson,19, was arrested on two counts of third-degree assault at about 11:50 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from the MU Police Department. Bond was set at $10,000.
According to the probable cause statement, Anderson is not to be on the premises of any school, college or university. He is to be considered a threat to public safety, according to the document.
MU Police received the two reports Wednesday and Thursday.
According to department news releases:
The first incident occurred on the sidewalk along Ninth Street near Speakers Circle at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday.
The victim told police an unknown man came up behind her, wrapped his arms around her and put her in a "bear hug." She was released when the man said, "Oh, I thought you were someone else" and ran away.
The second incident was reported at 4:56 p.m. Thursday when a woman told police she had been approached in the Hitt Street garage.
She said a man followed her, got close and said, "Don't I know you?" but did not touch her. She said, "No, I don't know you," and he walked away.
Both women described a similar suspect with dark hair, dark eyes, a slight build and braces on his teeth.
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