UCF police investigate possible connection of battery cases on campus

UCF police: Man grabbed student inside Business Administration II

ORLANDO, Fla. - Investigators are taking a deeper look at reports of battery on campus after a student reported an incident Wednesday evening that was similar to an incident reported in December, a man grabbed and inappropriately touched her Wednesday evening on campus, according to the University of Central Florida Police Department.

The female student reported Thursday that the man inappropriately grabbed her inside Business Administration II around 5:50 p.m.

Surveillance video released by UCF police shows the victim walking into the building and about 10 seconds later the person she said grabbed her walks in after her.

The woman said the man was lingering near a vending machine and engaged her in conversation before he touched her, police said. The woman ran from the building and reported the incident to police about an hour later.

Police said the man is described by the woman as a dark-skinned man who is between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 8 inches tall with a thin build who was wearing a gray hoodie and jeans. The victim told police the man had black, bushy eyebrows and short black hair.

Due to the man's description being similar to the one in a battery that was reported to UCF police last month, police said investigators are revisiting the December case as they review surveillance video from Wednesday's. Police said the December incident also took place in Business Administration II.

"The safety of everyone on UCF's campus remains UCFPD's top priority, and we will continue to investigate what took place this evening," UCF police said. "Please stay aware of your surroundings and be vigilant about your safety."

Anyone who sees anything suspicious is advised to say something. UCFPD can be reached by calling 407-823-5555 or 911 in an emergency.

"Honestly, it kind of scares me," freshman Victoria Lopez, who is strongly considering enrolling in self-defense classes offered by UCF police, said. "Being that more incidents keep happening lately, like back in December, and the thing that happened this week, raises my encouragement to take one of those classes. Anything could happen so better be safe than sorry."

Another student said she began taking precautions before Wednesday's report.

"It's just really scary that it keeps reoccurring all the time," sophomore Sydney Peck, who stopped taking class at night after she started noticing these incidents happening in the evening, said.  "I didn't really have friends in my classes I could walk place to place with. So being a girl, it's kind of scary." 

Meanwhile, a woman fought off a man who grabbed her in a restroom Tuesday on the east campus of Valencia College, about 6 miles from UCF, during an attempted sexual attack, deputies said.

The UCF victim told police that the man does not resemble the composite sketch of the man involved the Valencia attempted sexual battery case.

"In regards to the incident at Valencia College Tuesday night, at this point, the circumstances and suspect descriptions do not match," UCFPD Public Information Office Courtney Gilmartin said.

Gilmartin said UCF police are working with Orange County deputies to further investigate any possible connection.

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Editor's note: UCF police originally reported that the incident took place inside Business Administration I, but corrected the location Thursday morning to Business Administration II. The buildings are adjacent to one another.

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