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Man Riding Scooter Inappropriately Touching Women at Temple University

Temple University police are telling students to be aware of their surroundings after a man on an electric scooter inappropriately touched women on campus

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A man riding an electric scooter has been targeting women walking at Temple University in North Philadelphia.

Temple police sent a series of tweets Tuesday evening alerting students about a man believed to be in his 20s wearing dark clothing, a mask and over-the-calf boots inappropriately touching women while riding a scooter.

In each of the incidents the man rides by the women and either touches them over their clothing on the front or back of their bodies, Temple spokesman Steve Orbanek said.

The campus crime log lists an incident of indecent assault taking place Monday night. In a letter sent to the Temple community, police said earlier incidents were reported on Sept. 21 and 22 along 15th and 16th street in the evening.

Temple said that university police are working with the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit to try and track down the suspect. They have increased police patrols and pulled surveillance video of previous attacks.

Police urged students to "be aware of your surroundings while walking" and "if possible, travel with friends and walk in well-lit, regularly traveled streets or pathways."

Students can call 911 or Temple Police at 215-204-1234 (1-1234 from a campus phone) if they see anything suspicious or feel like they are being followed.

Students who don't feel comfortable walking alone can also use the walking escorts, which are available daily by calling 215-777-WALK.

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