OSHKOSH - Oshkosh police are concerned after the fourth report of an attempted assault in just the past nine days. The most recent involved an 11-year-old girl.
Police in the area have increased patrols looking for answers. Police say some of those incidents are most likely connected.
Three of the four incidents took place in the area either on or near the UW-Oshkosh campus. The fourth incident happened Tuesday on the city's east side.
Oshkosh police say an 11-year-old girl just got off a city bus Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Winnebago Ave. and Rosalia St.
“The male came up behind her, and grabbed her by the shoulder, and squeezed. She knocked the hand off of her, and started running,” said Officer Joe Nichols, Oshkosh Police Department.
Authorities say the man yelled at the girl before heading south on Rosalia St.
Police say they are looking for Hispanic man in his 40s. 5' 8" to 6’ tall. He had a dark mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, black pants, and a gray shirt.
At the same time, UW-Oshkosh police are investigating a report of an attempted assault on campus. Police say a female student was walking in the parking lot near Donner and Webster residence halls early Tuesday morning.
“Where a student was grabbed by a perpetrator, was able to get away, and immediately contacted police to provide what information she could,” said Alex Hummel, UW-Oshkosh spokesperson.
The incidents come just nine days after two other reports of attempted assault near UW-Oshkosh.
Students we talked to say the incidents have their attention.
“I never really thought about it, which I probably should have. So I guess these occasions are making me doublethink it a little bit,” said Alyssa Conway, UW-Oshkosh senior.
“I always try to be on a buddy system if I'm out with my friends, try not to walk away from the crowd. I do have pepper spray, my dad sent me to school with pepper spray, so I have that,” said Violet Berz, UW-Oshkosh senior.
Campus police have stepped up patrols and community service officers have been busy escorting students.
“Twenty-five safe walks just last night. And I would say for the last week and a half, probably somewhere near 60-70 safe walks. That's up quite a bit from last year where we probably had about 25 in that time span,” said Lieutenant Chris Tarmann, UW-Oshkosh Police Department.
Oshkosh police say people shouldn't walk alone at night and should always carry a cell phone.
If you have any information you can call Oshkosh police at (920) 236-5700.
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