Police search for man suspected of groping 3 women on Provo running trail

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 13:32:26-04

PROVO, Utah - Authorities are seeking the public's help after three women were allegedly groped while jogging along the Provo River Parkway Trail, Monday morning.

Starting at around 6:30 a.m., a woman reported she was groped by a man who ran up along side her on the trail, according to Provo police. Shortly after that alleged attack, two other incidents were reported.

Lt. Brandon Post, spokesman for Provo police, said the suspect would run up alongside the victims and act as if he were going to give them a high-five.

"They'd go to reciprocate and that's when he grab them or accost them," Post said.

Post said all encounters were brief.

"He never said anything to any of the victims and he would continue running by," Post said. "It's violating."

Post said the suspect was brazen enough to attack a woman running with a partner.

The man is described as a white, about, five feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build.

He has short blond hair and a short beard. The man was last seen wearing black running tights, a black shirt with a jacket tied around his waist.

Anyone with information about this suspected groper is asked to call Provo police at 801-852-6210.