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Runners find safety in numbers as sex attacker remains at large

A man who jumped from the bushes, molesting two female joggers in separate South Sound incidents last week is still at large.

Cayman’s Wednesday Night Running Club told Cayman 27 it takes safety seriously, and wants to see this attacker caught.

Every Wednesday night, running club members lace up their shoes, cue up a playlist, and hit the road.

“Normally, all we have to worry about is bring seen by the traffic or occasionally there’s dogs, but when there’s something like this that’s been going on, I mean, South Sound, there’s a different dimension there,” said club co-founder Tony Watts, who told Cayman 27 word of the early morning attacks on female joggers last Thursday (28 January) and Saturday (30 January) spread quickly among Cayman’s running community, and has some runners on edge.

“Its a real shame, at seven o’clock on the morning, like women can’t go and run and feel safe and be safe in a place like South Sound,” said Mr. Watts.

“Pretty scary, it’s just on my doorstep,” said the club’s social secretary Sam Farrell. She lives and typically runs in the South Sound area, but she told Cayman 27 she has made modifications to her normal running route in light of the attacks.

“I haven’t run that route since I’ve heard about it really, so it’s really deterred me. I’m glad I’ve got these guys I can run with now,” said Ms. Farrell.

She said the club and it’s group-centric atmosphere provide her peace of mind on the run through safety in numbers, but pointed out that group runs just aren’t always possible.

“Not everyone is always around all the time so sometimes you have to run on your own,” she explained.

“Maybe it’s up to the rest of us to modify our behavior and be on the lookout for this kind of thing because it’s seven o’clock in the morning and there are lots of people around,” said Mr. Watts.

He told Cayman 27 most runners already take reasonable safety precautions, wearing bright clothing and being aware of their surroundings when running. He said the public can do their part by having their back.

“It’s up to the rest of us when we’re not running to be looking out for the people that are running,” said Mr. Watts.

Both Mr. Watts and Ms. Farrell said they’d like to see the attacker caught..

 

The RCIPS told Cayman 27 everyone has the right to exercise in peace, and that they are taking actions to catch the man behind these sex attacks.

In both incidents the assailant was described as being of dark complexion, with a shoulder length braided hairstyle.

Police have also made an appeal to find the driver of a dark blue or green SUV seen on South Church Street on Saturday morning.

Police believe this motorist may be able to help catch the attacker.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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