Lincoln police have arrested a man they believe groped several women on Lincoln trails.
The first incident happened Sunday around 3 p.m. on the Antelope Valley Trail near Capitol Parkway and Randolph Streets. A 20-year-old woman was running when a man riding his bike passed her and slapped her butt.
She described him as a while man in his 20's with brown hair and glasses.
Officer Katie Flood said two similar assaults happened Tuesday. The first was at 12:20 p.m. on the Mopac Trail near 33rd and X Streets. Flood said a 23-year-old woman was running when she felt someone riding a bike get close to her left side. She told police she was afraid the person would steal her iPod, but instead he also grabbed her butt. She gave police a very similar description of Sunday's assault.
Then around 4 p.m. police say two women were running on the Billy Wolfe Trail near 27th and A Streets. They told police a man rode by them and commented about their backsides. He then came back and grabbed a 22 year old's butt.
They called police and officers were able to catch 27-year-old Christopher Jackson nearby, still on the trail near 25th and N Streets.
He matched the description from all three assaults. Police also believe he is responsible for an assault on Feb. 5 on the Rock Island Trail near 32nd and Calvert. A 40-year-old woman was running when police say Jackson rode by and hit her on the lower back, causing her to fall. Police believe he was probably trying to sexually assault her as well.
Jackson was arrested for three counts of third degree sexual assault. He was also cited for misdemeanor assault for the February incident.
Runners and bikers on the MoPac Trail said they're not completely surprised by the attacks.
"I'm not super surprised," said Hannah Hyslop. "A lot of my friends and I run this road and we always talk about the safety. It does get creepy at times and so you always wonder."
Thanks to descriptions from all victims, police were able to find Jackson.
"Any time you have a sexual-based offense it's a concern for law enforcement that the suspect will escalate, a third-degree assault could quickly become a second-degree or first-degree sexual assault," said LPD Officer, Katie Flood.
Hyslop says that's why she always thinks ahead.
"I don't listen to my music super super loud just in case I can hear someone if they were to turn around or come up behind me," said Hyslop. "I always make sure I can always see an exit strategy."
Lincoln PD said it's important for victims to come forward as soon as possible.
"Best things you can do? Call quickly and try to obtain the best description you can," said Ofc. Flood. "Any little detail may lead to an identification."