A man was arrested after he entered two different dormitories and touched women on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Wash., police said Sunday.
The university told students that Campus Safety had received “two separate calls from two students who reported being sexually assaulted in South Hall by the same unknown assailant,” according to the CBS affiliate. KIRO TV.
The first woman woke up around 4:15 a.m. local time when she noticed someone in her room watching her and her sleeping roommate, the Pierce County Sheriff told CBS News in a statement . According to police, the woman got up to check her closet and the man grabbed her. She began hitting him and yelling at him to leave, police said, and the man fled.
The two roommates then went to eat breakfast around 5:30 a.m., police said, at which time they heard screaming. They saw the same man run from the bedroom and followed him, the sheriff said. At one point, the two women rounded a corner and the man allegedly hit one of them with a shoe, prompting her to pepper spray him, the sheriff’s office said.
The two women got a photo of the suspect, but eventually lost sight of him, police said.
“With the help of the public we received several tips to identify this suspect thanks to news coverage of the suspect’s photo,” the sheriff’s office said. “A tip helped us locate the man and Tacoma Police arrested him near 6th and Jackson in the city of Tacoma.”
The suspect, who was not identified by police, faces charges of first-degree robbery and assault.
Parkland is located south of Tacoma, Washington.
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