GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami) – “We’re coming after you.” That’s the message from the Gainesville Police Department to the man suspected of tackling a woman who was walking on the University of Florida campus Sunday night, Sept. 7th.
It was the fourth assault on a female at the school in recent days.READ MORE: Business Owners In South Florida Say They're Struggling To Get Employees Back To Work
The woman was not injured in Sunday’s attack.
The University Police Department and the Gainesville Police Department are moving more resources to patrol the campus, especially at night, officials said at a multi-agency press conference on Monday.
“We’re coming after you,” said UF Police Chief Linda Stump Monday afternoon. “We understand your method of operation. We’re not going to stop until we bring this thing to closure.”READ MORE: ‘Pretty Big Pay Package’: Broward School Board Negotiates $743K Exit Deal For Embattled Supt. Robert Runcie
There will be extra vans and drivers for the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol, which provides escorts for students at night. UPD officers have also been directed to pick up students or to escort them to their destination.
“We pledged to not have somebody walk alone,” she said. “Pick them up if we have to and give a police escort if we don’t have the civilian means to do so.”
GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said detectives believe the same man committed all four attacks and that items of clothing taken from the crime scenes have been sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis.
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