At least nine separate attacks on female joggers have been reported since last May, with the most recent spate of indecent assaults being reported along the George Town waterfront and adjacent areas of South Sound.
All of the attacks have occurred either shortly before dawn or just after dawn, the Royal Cayman Islands Police said. The perpetrators are not always described as violent, but are typically aggressive, groping and grabbing their victims.
One of the attacks in West Bay involved serious physical violence.
The most recent incident occurred along Walkers Road near Webster’s Drive in George Town around 6 a.m. on Monday.
The suspect, described as a small man with a “soft voice” is alleged to have approached a female jogger and indecently assaulted her.
The attack follows two other incidents on South Church Street on Jan. 28 and Jan. 30, police said. Those involved women walking or running along an area frequented by joggers between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
One assault happened near Dart Park in South Sound, the other near Grand Old House restaurant in George Town. Police could not state whether the same man was responsible for all three attacks.
In both cases from late January, a woman walking or running alone was grabbed by a man who emerged from the bushes along the road and ran up behind her, then ran away after the attack.
As a result of the three recent attacks, police said they have increased early morning patrols in the waterfront-South Sound area.
The George Town indecent assaults mirror several others than have occurred in West Bay, most recently in January.
On Jan. 17, a woman running near the intersection of Willie Farrington Drive and the Esterley Tibbetts Highway was grabbed by a masked man who ran up behind her.
On Oct. 13, 2015, a woman was jogging near the entrance to The Shores subdivision in West Bay when a man ran up and grabbed her, threw her to the ground and assaulted her at about 5:30 a.m. The suspect ran off when the victim screamed.
Four other attacks on female joggers occurred between May and July 2015, police reported.
All of the attacks involved a suspect who was riding a bicycle.
On July 18, around 5:45 a.m., a woman was walking along Batabano Road when a man ran up behind her and indecently assaulted her by grabbing her backside.
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 West Bay area.
Two of the assaults occurred in May. The other occurred in November 2014, but the victim came forward only after reading of similar attacks.