West Bay man arrested in jogger attacks

A West Bay man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of indecent assault in connection with sexual attacks on three female joggers in George Town over the past two weeks.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service did not immediately state whether the 27-year-old man was suspected in any of the six other indecent assaults that have been reported in West Bay since May 2015.

The man, who was being detained at George Town Police Station on Friday, is suspected in the Feb. 8 indecent assault on a female running along Walkers Road. He is also suspected in two other similar incidents from Jan. 28 and Jan. 30 along the George Town waterfront.

He had not been charged in any of the attacks as of press time Sunday.

Since last May, all nine attacks on female joggers in Grand Cayman have occurred around dawn. The suspects are aggressive, groping or grabbing women, but typically are not violent, except for in one instance in The Shores neighborhood in West Bay on Oct. 13, 2015.

Prior to Thursday’s arrest, RCIPS officers stepped up patrols in the Walkers Road-South Sound area. Officers did not specifically state how the suspect in this case was arrested.

Police have generally advised female joggers to go with a “running buddy” rather than venture out alone in the early morning. Officers also urge any other women who may not have come forward in the recent indecent assault cases to do so.