Today, 3 January, police responded to two reports regarding women who have been approached by a man riding a bicycle in the George Town District.
The first incident took place on South Church Street and was reported at 6am. A man who was riding a bicycle approached a woman who was walking on Elgin Avenue and started saying inappropriate things to her and acting suspiciously. She then encountered the man again on South Church Street, at which time, she sought the assistance of a security officer a nearby condo and made a police report. The woman did not receive any injuries during this incident.
The second incident took place just after 6:30am on South Sound Road, where another woman who was jogging, was attacked by a man of a similar description riding a bicycle. The woman first saw the man on South Church Street and then on South Sound Road, where he grabbed her and pulled her into nearby bushes. She fought him off and managed to get away and call for assistance. The victim was injured as a result of the incident but did not require medical assistance at the time.
Both incidents are being treated as serious unwarranted attacks and are being investigated with urgency. A 26-year-old-man of George Town has been arrested and is currently in custody pending further investigations.
The police are appealing for information from anyone who might have seen the incidents take place or sighted a lone male riding in the areas of South Church Street, Walker Road or South Sound Road in the early morning. The public, especially women, are being advised to be alert and ready to dial 9-1-1 at the first sign of suspicious behaviour that may prove to be dangerous while they are out walking or jogging. More safety tips may be found on the RCIPS website at Personal Safety when running or walking - Crime Prevention - RCIPS.
If anyone has had similar experiences recently, but have not yet made a report, they are being encouraged to do at this time. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to call the George Town Police Station at 949-4222. Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via our Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or via our website.