Within the past three months, there have been two reports of early-morning sexual assault not far from Rider, Lawrence Township Police said last week. On Nov. 6 at 5:45 a.m., a 47-year-old woman was on a morning jog on Princeton Pike in the area of Carr Avenue, about 2.5 miles from the Lawrenceville campus. The woman observed a man who appeared to be masturbating behind a dark-colored vehicle, and moments after passing him, felt the man run up from behind her and grab her arm and buttocks. He then retreated back to the vehicle and drove north on Princeton Pike.
A similar incident occurred on Aug. 23 at 5:45 a.m., when a 22-year-old woman on her way to work was walking on Brunswick Avenue in the area of Vermont Street 3.4 miles from Rider. The woman reported that moments after passing a man who appeared to be masturbating, he approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks. The woman walked away and the man did not follow.
The suspect in both incidents is a short and stocky Hispanic male wearing a work jacket and dark pants. The suspect’s vehicle is a dark gray or black older model minivan that is either a Honda or Toyota. Anyone with information on this incident or the suspect’s vehicle is asked to contact Lawrence Township Police at (609)-896-1111. As of Nov. 12, no arrests had been made, police said.