CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A suspect is on the run, accused of groping two women at Central Piedmont Community College near uptown Charlotte Wednesday.
About half a dozen campus police officers and a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer were on campus Thursday. Student and faculty received an email alert about the groping incidents earlier Thursday.
Officials say a student was in the Student 1 parking deck on Elizabeth Avenue Wednesday afternoon when a man came up behind her, grabbed her backside and then ran away.
About three hours later, a worker was inside the Terrell Building on campus when the same suspect came up behind her and groped her, according to a CPCC spokesperson.
On Thursday there was a definite uneasiness on campus.
"If I can't even walk in the staircase without having to worry about getting attacked or having to worry about just looking behind my back, that's not something I really want to have to look forward to," said Dyanna Yancey, a student at CPCC.
Both of the incidents were captured on surveillance camera, according to campus police. They say security officers reviewed the footage and identified the suspect. His name is not being released. However, campus officials say the suspect, who has never been a student, was banned from CPCC in January for saying something inappropriate to a student in the library.
Students say security is a concern with the campus being right on the edge of uptown Charlotte and so many non-students passing through.
"I'm very happy that we carpool and I'm very happy that we stay together, and walk together, not that I don't feel safe, but I feel safer having a buddy," said Yancey.
According to a campus official, campus security is working to get a warrant for the suspect's arrest.