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Male Arrested Downtown After Women Followed and Harassed

A Guelph male faces a number of charges after two women were followed by a stranger downtown Wednesday evening.

Approximately 6 p.m. and adult female was walking on Macdonell Street when a male unknown to her grabbed her forearm and repeatedly said, “I’m touching you.” The victim broke free and continued walking, but a short time later felt a tugging on her backpack and looked to see the same male behind her.

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She was able to break free again and walked to the police station to report the interaction. The male continued to the area in front of City Hall, where he approached an adult female sitting on a chair and stood over her, making her unable to get up. The victim climbed over the arm of the chair to get away from the male, who began following her until she too walked to the police station.

Several bystanders had contacted police to report the male’s erratic behaviour. He was located on Macdonell Street and arrested.

A 38-year-old Guelph male is charged with assault, two counts of criminal harassment and breaching an undertaking. He was held for a bail hearing Thursday.

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