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Multiple Attacks at Bus Stop

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Multiple women have come forward after a man attacked them at a bus stop. At least three women told a tale of the same man attacking them after demanding money at gunpoint. These attacks not only happened on a public street, but they also happened during the day.

Multiple Sexual Assaults Occur at Bus Stops on the Same Street

Orange County deputies said a woman was sexually assaulted by an armed, masked man at an Orlando bus stop Saturday morning – weeks after two women were attacked at a different bus stop on the same street.

This happened just after 6 a.m. at the bus stop on N. Hiawassee Road at Hennepin Boulevard.

“The suspect was wearing a mask and had a gun when he approached the victim, then sexually assaulted her,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. 

Earlier this month, two similar attacks happened at the bus stop on Hiawassee Road and River Oaks Drive. Deputies said both of those incidents began as armed robberies. 

People in the area are nervous, especially because no arrests have been made yet.

“I’m kind of worried about myself and my well-being,” said Barry Henderson who rides the bus. “I take that bus to work, to visit my family, it kind of scares me for my nieces, my family.”

“The masked suspect approached the women on foot and demanded money at gunpoint. Then the attacks turned sexually violent.”

Both women said the suspect was 5’3″ or 5’4″ tall. No arrests have been made in those attacks.

Troy London teaches self-defense classes at his Winter Park gym, We’re Evolving Fitness. He says being vigilant is key.

“Make sure you have you head on somewhat of a swivel, be cognizant of your surroundings,” London said. “Try not to be looking down on your phone, try not to have your headphones, that takes you away from being able to hear things, and keeping your distance from people don’t know.”

The sheriff’s office is warning residents, especially women, to be careful while walking outside when it’s dark.

Reported on Fox 35 HERE

 What Can We Learn?

The self-defense teacher says something very important here: Pay attention. Don’t look down at your phone while you’re out in public for more than a few seconds. You can read a text and reply, look up directions, or make a quick call. However, having your eyes on your phone and not on your surroundings is a mistake. Also, don’t wear earbuds or headphones! You lose so much awareness when you can’t hear what is going on around you! Another necessary takeaway from this is to know what is going on in your neighborhood. Over the span of a few weeks, this suspect attacked multiple women in the same area. If you know that there is a dangerous person out there, be prepared! Don’t assume nothing bad will happen to you. Stay aware, stay safe, get educated.

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