Man accused of touching women on UCF campus arrested

Five women reported being groped on campus

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

ORLANDO, Fla. - The man University of Central Florida police say is behind a string of recent reports of women being inappropriately touched on campus has been arrested, UCF police said Friday.

Abdullah Mohammed Zaman, 30, was arrested Friday on three counts of battery and one count of attempted battery. UCF police spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin said police will also file a fifth battery charge against him.

Three incidents were reported to UCF police recently in which students said a man approached them and touched them or tried to touch them without their consent.

The latest case happened in November but was reported on Jan. 22. The victim told police a man in UCF parking Garage C approached her and when he tried to touch her, she ran away.

The woman said she noticed the man following her before he asked her for a jump for his car, according to the incident report.

The woman told dispatchers that the man didn't touch her, but it was obvious that he wanted to assault her.

Two other encounters were also reported in January.

"Surveillance video and Wi-Fi and digital key logs helped police identify Zaman as a suspect," Gilmartin said. "Four of the five victims also positively selected Zaman out of a photo lineup and identified him as the man who approached them."

UCF police Chief Richard Beary said the arrest was possible because of police work, tipsters and technology.

"We appreciate your support. Remember if you see something, say something. It works," Beary said. "It worked well in this case. Our job is to keep you safe. Please continue to help us. Go Knights. Charge on."

UCF police said Zaman is an electrical engineering PhD student.

Zaman was booked into the Orange County Jail at 4:53 p.m. Friday. He posted bail and was released overnight, records showed Saturday morning.

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