We’re often told to be aware of our surroundings while we’re out and about. It might seem overly paranoid for some people, but it is for good reason. After all, you never know when danger might strike.
Yesterday (5th April), two Twitter users reported some horrifying news. Apparently, three women had been molested in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Cyberjaya. What’s worse is that all three incidents took place within a single day.
Twitter user Sugarcane was the first to report the incident. “Sex maniac strikes again at Tamarind Square and this time my friend got groped,” she tweeted. “A few minutes after that, another girl got assaulted by the same guy.” Sugarcane stated the second lady hadn’t fought back as she was with her pregnant friend and was fearful for their safety. “This is (a) new local man with curly hair, wearing (an) adidas outfit with adidas slippers. It happened at a public parking (lot) with no CCTV,” she added.
A few hours later, another Twitter user, MQ, reported a similar incident in the same place. “Another harassment case in Tamarind Square basement parking and this time around, it happened in front of my eyes,” they said. Apparently, they had heard a lady scream loudly just as they parked their car. Panicked and concerned, MQ started pressing their car horn because they didn’t know where the lady was. When they exited the car, they saw the lady crying near the lift area. MQ explained they hadn’t seen the perpetrator as they had been in the car.
“Not sure if it’s good news or not, one side of the guy’s slipper came lose. Maybe he got shocked and ran when people heard her (the lady’s) screams,” MQ said, posting a photo of the slipper. Sugarcane later confirmed that the cases were connected as her friend recognised the slipper. “It’s the third case for today,” MQ noted. “There’s been plenty of cases but the management still doesn’t want to enhance security.” Sugarcane added that according to the police, Tamarind’s management have remained mum about the issue.
Police have supposedly received a report regarding the incident yesterday. It was apparently filed by a 27-year-old woman who claimed to have been assaulted at the mall’s parking lot around 2pm. The lady had apparently been accosted by the perpetrator as she was loading her things into the car from a trolley.
“He offered to help her because he wanted her trolley,” police stated. She rejected his help but apparently, the perpetrator remained persistent. “(He) suddenly touched and squeezed her bottom then ran away,” police reported. Sepang district police chief Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusof stated the suspect is a local. He had been dressed in black with a black sling bag and was noticeably cross-eyed.
Police added that there is CCTV footage of the suspect and they are currently looking for him. However, the mall has yet to make a statement on their socials.
We hope the perpetrator is found soon, for everyone’s peace of mind. Our hearts go out to the victims who suffered at his hands. We understand how terrifying it can be to have your sense of safety ripped away with just one gesture.
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