Man sexually assaults 2 women in same day at or near UNC Charlotte, police say

UNC Charlotte entrance on University City Blvd. .
UNC Charlotte entrance on University City Blvd. . jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Two women were sexually assaulted in Charlotte’s University City area on Sunday, and police believe it was done by the same man.

The first of the attacks happened around 8 a.m. on the campus of UNC Charlotte, officials said.

In that case, a 20-year-old woman was assaulted by a man who ran at her then grabbed her buttocks and breasts. The attack happened in the lobby of a residence hall on Darryl McCall Circle, according to UNC Charlotte. The man attacked the woman, then fled, reported the Observer’s news partner WBTV.

The second incident occurred at 4 p.m., when a woman in her 40s was assaulted in the parking garage of the University Crossing Apartment Complex in the 8900 block of University City Boulevard. The man approached the victim and sexually assaulted her by grabbing her buttocks and breasts. The suspect then fled the scene, said a statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

In response to the incident, CMPD’s University City Division officers will be increasing patrols in the apartment complexes near the campus.

Police described the suspect as a black male in his 20s, about 5-foot-9, thin build, with a medium complexion. The university released an alert to students Sunday and said the man was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black shoes and a knit beanie.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.