Women being warned about bicycle-riding groper in Cheshire

The Linear Trail in Cheshire. (WFSB file photo)

Police in Cheshire said they're investigating a number of reports involving a young male who's been groping women over the past few months.

They said the first incident happened in May. A woman walking in the Strathmore Drive area had the suspect run up to her and grab her buttocks. He then fled on a bicycle into the woods.

On June 2, a walker on the Linear Trail near Lock 12 was pushed to the ground. The suspect also grabbed her buttocks, smiled and rode away.

Also in early June, a woman reported having her buttocks grabbed on Strathmore Drive. The suspect smirked and joined two other young males further down the road.

On Monday, another woman walking on Strathmore Drive was passed by a young male who had been pacing around. After exchanging passing "hellos," police said the suspect ran back to the woman, bear hugged her and threw her to the ground, then grabbed her buttocks and her shorts.

The victim in that case said she was able to push the suspect off of her.

Police said the suspect is described as being 5'9, weighing 150 pounds, athletically built, tanned with short dark, possibly curly, hair and no facial hair. He also has braces.

In the most recent case, police said he was wearing a blue shirt, gold basketball shorts, black socks and had braces with blue bands on his teeth.

Police said all of the incidents happened in the vicinity of the CHS/Bartlem Park areas.

They urged walkers and joggers to use caution and exercise with a partner.

There were people in the area on Wednesday who did not know about the groper, but said they are concerned about their children and grandchildren.

"I was so surprised because it's supposed to be a good neighborhood. I've never heard anything like this," Mahesha Sadsai said. "I supposed we will be extra careful, what can I say. It's unbelievable."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cheshire police.

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