Man charged after women followed

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A London man is facing charges several women reported being followed on the campus of Western University.

The first incident happened around 7:15 p.m. on Monday, October 18. According to police, three 18-year-old woman were walking in the area of Richmond Street and University Drive when a man jogged toward them and offered cannabis to them.

“The females feared for their safety and walked away,” police said.

Police said the man then got into a black Honda Civic and followed the woman, stopping the car beside them. He tried to speak to them, but the women ignored him. He then turned the car around and drove the wrong way on University Drive before trying again to speak to the women.

Campus police were notified.

Around 7:40 p.m. on the same night, a man in a black Honda Civic approached an 18-year-old woman on Elgin Road and gestured for her to get into his car. The woman, afraid for her safety, contacted police. An investigation was then launched by campus police and the London Police Service.

On Tuesday, October 19, a 21-year-old woman was walking on Elgin Road around 5 p.m. when a man in a black Honda Civic passed her. He turned the car around before stopping directly in front of her.

“The female passed the car, and the suspect pulled in front of her a second time,” police said. “The woman feared for her safety and contacted members of the Western Special Constable Service.”

Police arrested a suspect and an investigation determined that the same person was responsible for all three incidents.

A 22-year-old man is charged with five counts of criminal harassment by repeated following.

He is to appear in court October 28.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to London Elgin Middlesex Crime Stoppers