Police say they are increasing patrols in West Bay after receiving another report of a woman being indecently assaulted by a cyclist, the fourth such report made by female runners or walkers in the area.
According to police, around 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, a woman was walking along Batabano Road near the Church of Christ when a man ran up behind her and indecently assaulted her by grabbing her backside.
“The woman reported that she had seen the man briefly when he rode past her on his bike headed in the other direction, after which he jumped off his bike and ran up behind her,” Royal Cayman Islands Police Service spokeswoman Jacqueline Carpenter said in a press statement.
She said the woman reported that the man left when he saw an oncoming vehicle.
The assailant is described as being around 5 feet, 5 inches tall, of small build, with short black hair and a dark complexion. He was wearing a sleeveless dark shirt and dark pants.
Officers from the West Bay CID are investigating.
In May, in three separate reports, three women told police they had been assaulted by a man on a bicycle while they were running or walking in the area. Two of the assaults occurred in May and the other last November, but that victim came forward only after reading of similar assaults.
Following the reports in May, police released CCTV images of the assailant on a bike and urged the public to identify him.
“We urge women with similar experiences who may have not reported them to police to come forward, as well as anyone with any information regarding these assaults,” Ms. Carpenter said.
Police said they have increased patrols in the area and are urging women to “take safety precautions as much as possible, and not to walk or exercise alone in the area.”
The earlier reports received by police included one from a woman who said she had been indecently assaulted by a cyclist as she jogged along Conch Point Road on May 11, and one from a female jogger who said she was groped by a cyclist on Birch Tree Hill Road around 7 a.m. on May 12. Another female jogger said she was indecently assaulted by a bicycle rider in November 2014 while jogging along Rev. Blackman Road in the early morning.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Morrison at the West Bay Police Station on 949-3999 or Cayman Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS).