The Charlottesville Police Department is searching for information related to two sexual assault incidents that reportedly occurred late at night.
According to reports first received by the University of Virginia Police Department, three women were forcibly fondled between 11 p.m. Thursday and 1:20 a.m. Friday.
The first incident involved two women who were walking on 14th Street when a male ran up behind them and fondled them, police said. He is described as stocky and wearing a dark blue T-shirt, light-colored shorts and black high-top shoes, according to a university alert sent Friday afternoon.
The second assault occurred on West Main Street near Ridge-McIntire Road, according to police, when a woman was approached from behind and fondled. The suspect in that incident is described only as tan, of average build, having a short haircut, clean cut and wearing a black shirt and white gym shorts.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department.
The university is required to disclose all crimes reported to campus police each year. According to the most recent numbers, 16 rapes were reported to campus police in 2017, with three reports determined to be unfounded. Police also investigated 11 reports of dating violence, five reports of domestic violence and 29 reports of stalking in 2017.
In its alert, the university offered a list of resources for reporting and addressing sexual violence. Those resources can be found online at eocr.virginia.edu.