UMass P.D. steps up patrols near parking lot 25

A man allegedly called women over to his car while he was fondling himself

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Police are asking for your help to catch a man accused of performing a sex act in front of women on campus.

It happened on both Wednesday and Thursday in broad daylight. Between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., a man allegedly called women over to his car while he was fondling himself.

“It was a little alarming because this hasn’t happened before so I was a little surprised,” said one UMass Senior.

Photo Courtesy: UMass Amherst Police Department Facebook page
Photo Courtesy: UMass Amherst Police Department Facebook page

A picture of the suspect’s car was taken from a security camera from a nearby building. It a gold colored 4 door Honda Civil. Police have a partial Massachusetts license plate number of 497.

Both incidents occurred in lot 25. It’s directly next to the Mullins Center. The man allegedly called two women up to his vehicle while he was performing a lewd sex act on himself.

One student told 22News what she would do in that situation. “Well in this situation he was in the car so it sounds like there was an easy getaway and I would just call the UMass Police like those other girls did,” said UMass Senior Bryn Rothschild-Shea.

22News went to the UMass Police Department, but no one was available to comment. University Spokesman Ed Blaguszewski told 22News a Emergency System is located throughout the campus for incidents like these.

“We’ve had a long standing emergency telephone system on campus so if you walk around you’ll see phones with blue lights on top of them. All you have to do is hit one button and that will connect you directly to the police,” said Blaguszewski. He said Police have stepped up their patrols of Lot 25.

Shuvam Rizal, a UMass Senior told 22News, “Perhaps one of the reasons it might have happened at a time like this is because there isn’t a lot of activity within campus. Most of the students will be moving in next week, so I think it might be a little more safe next week once more people are on campus.”

The man is described as a white man in his late 20’s to early 30’s with a medium to heavy build. UMass Police are working with the Sunderland Police after a man matching the same description was reported doing the same thing in July.

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