ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police say a man hugged and then bit women at CNM’s main campus. The women were walking to class around Jeannette Stromberg Hall just before 6 p.m. Tuesday when they say a man approached them.
“He looked like a fellow student,” says a student who asked not to be identified. “He had a backpack on. He was smiling. I didn’t really think much of it.”
The student tells KRQE News 13 she was one of four women harassed on her way to class.
She says the women all had similar experiences, the man tried to hug, or in some cases almost tackle them, and he even bit two of them.
“I was just really surprised, shocked at the whole thing,” the student says. “I’m glad that nobody got severely hurt, but I haven’t a clue what would cause somebody to act so crazy.”
While Albuquerque police still worked to track down the man, CNM sent an alert to students Wednesday morning saying they identified a man who had physically harassed students.
However, some students say the message was so vague that it just left them confused.
“Where it was at? That, for me, was a big thing—knowing where it was at so people can be in groups or something like that,” says Jeremy Butler, a CNM student.
Even with some of those details now, students are thinking about security on campus.
“It is a safety hazard for myself, like now I can’t even feel like I can do my homework outside or in the parking lot or something for the Wi-Fi because I feel like someone’s going to attack me or something, or harass me,” says Mars Garcia, a CNM student.
“It gets pretty crazy at night here too, so you always got to keep an eye out for what’s going on,” says Cesar Barraza, a CNM student.
APD tells KRQE that it has a possible suspect and that police are waiting for victims to identify him before he is charged with misdemeanor battery.
At this point, neither CNM nor APD has given us any information on who the man is, including whether or not he is a student.