Suspect Arrested in Connection With ASU Serial-Gropings

Arizona State University police arrested a man last month who may be the infamous ride-by serial-groper, whom police believe may be responsible for nearly a dozen gropings around the university's Tempe campus.

Filiberto Salgado Cirilo, 26, was reportedly arrested on August 30, after allegedly riding his bike next to a woman and grabbing her butt.

Ride-by gropings are the same M.O. used by the serial-groper, whom police suspect has been groping women on the Tempe campus for more than a year.

The gropings, of which ASU police received numerous reports, started in August of 2010. In each case, the groper's method is the same: he rides a bike and approaches women walking alone on the campus. When he reaches his victim, the groper cops a quick feel and rides off before the women even know what hit 'em.

In September, the groper made the jump from butt-grabs to boob-grabs. In one instance, last September, he even grabbed a woman's breast in front of several witnesses.

"We're taking this seriously," ASU Chief of Police John Pickens told New Times at the time. "We take all complaints seriously."

It's unclear whether Cirilo is the groper, although his alleged attack has all the features of a serial-groping case, and he resembles a vague description one victim gave police.

Check back for updates.

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