4 women report being groped near Loyola University, police say

CHICAGO -- Students at Loyola University are being alerted after several reports of sexual abuse in the area.

Police say three Loyola students and a faculty member all reported that they were groped by a suspect who approached them from behind.

The most recent incident happened at 10 p.m. Sunday in the 6300 block of North Winthrop in the Edgewater neighborhood. As the female student passed two men, one of them walked up to her and grabbed her buttocks and then walked away, according to police.

On September 7 at 9 a.m., a Loyola University faculty member was walking in the 1600 block of West Greenleaf Avenue when a man on a bicycle grabbed her buttocks.

That same day around 12:30 a.m., a female student was walking home in the 6300 block of North Winthrop Avenue when a man on a bicycle rode past her and touched her buttocks, then rode past her a second time and touched her breasts.

According to a university alert, the student broke free and returned to her dorm.

Police say the suspect is described as either Hispanic or Middle Eastern in his early 20s with dark skin, dark wavy hair.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Area North Detectives at (312) 744-8200 or Loyola University Chicago Department of Campus Safety at (773) 508-6039.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report