Coral Gables

Police: Serial butt-grabber arrested in Coral Gables

Rodolfo Col-Torres
Rodolfo Col-Torres

Coral Gables police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a man who detectives say went on a spree of sorts — grabbing the behind of at least six different women throughout the city.

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Rodolfo Col-Torres, 22, now faces four counts of simple battery, one count of assault and one count of aggravated battery.

According to police, Col-Torres rode up to the women who were walking or jogging on a bicycle and “groped them in the crotch/buttock area.” The incidents happened in different locations and at different times.

In two cases, the man came on foot and threw a rock at the women.

The description of the man was the same in all of the cases, police said.

So the police department began conducting surveillance in the area and the man was spotted Wednesday, according to police.

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Coral Gables detectives are still investigating whether there are more victims.

In March of last year, Kenneth Anthony Lopez, 20, was arrested by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and charged with a similar crime. At the time, BSO said Lopez was responsible for inappropriately grabbing or slapping at least three women while they were running or walking in the Rock Creek subdivision of Cooper City.

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Then last June, the Florida International University police department put out an alert for students to watch out for a butt-grabber. The police were investigating a report of a female student who had her butt grabbed by a man riding a bicycle on the Modesto A. Maidique campus. The butt-grabber had been on the prowl for about a year.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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