Man suspected of groping three women in Ann Arbor is arrested
An illegal immigrant was arrested Thursday, suspected of groping three women, including two joggers, during the past week and a half in south Ann Arbor, police said.
The man, who lives in Ann Arbor, was arrested at his home, where officers had been looking for him, Lt. Mark St. Amour said.
Police took him into custody as he pulled up in a car, St. Amour said. The 35-year-old man, who is from Mexico, is charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Police said the man is suspected of grabbing a woman from behind about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday while she was jogging in the 2600 block of South Main Street. He lifted her off the ground and groped her genitals over her clothing, police said. The woman elbowed the man to get away, St. Amour said.
After that attack was publicized in the media Thursday, another woman came forward reporting that a man grabbed her buttocks earlier Wednesday in a parking lot at Briarwood Mall, St. Amour said.
In addition, police took a report from a woman who was jogging near the Briarwood Mall on June 21 when a man rode by on a bicycle and grabbed her buttocks, St. Amour said. The victim reported the attack shortly after it occurred.
The same man is believed to be responsible for all three attacks. Patrol officers were familiar with him because they had prior contact with him while investigating a disturbance, St. Amour said.
The man is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail. He is expected to be arraigned on Saturday.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. Contact him at email@example.com or 734-623-2527.