Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Man arrested in BYU sexual assault incident, but groper still at large

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News

Published: Fri, March 21 10:35 a.m. MDT

 A still frame from surveillance video at BYU shows a man who police suspect of groping women on campus.

A still frame from surveillance video at BYU shows a man who police suspect of groping women on campus.

(Surveillance video)

PROVO — Police arrested a man Friday who allegedly broke into an apartment and fondled a BYU student.

But investigators do not believe he is the same man responsible for at least 14 incidents of groping women around campus since January.

About 1:30 a.m. Friday, Brigham Young University police officers and officers from the Provo Police Department arrested Cyr Delinos Narcisse, 22, for investigation of forcible sexual abuse and burglary.

He is accused breaking into a woman's apartment three days earlier.

About 3 a.m. Tuesday, police believe Narcisse entered the Wyview Park Student Family Housing, 2060 N. University Ave., on campus. A woman who got up after hearing the door open was confronted by the man in the apartment hallway.

"Upon seeing the victim, Cyr grabbed her by both arms and pushed her up against a wall. He then proceeded to kiss the victim on the mouth and sexually assault her under her clothing," according to a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court. "The victim fought back and tore the seams of Cyr's jacket pocket."

After the woman screamed and fought back, the intruder ran away. The woman gave police a description of the suspect. But more important, BYU Police Lt. Arnie Lemmon said a nearby video security camera recorded a vehicle with a missing hubcap.

"It had some unique features. We've been saturating the area with officers (looking for the suspect)," Lemmon said. "It was 90 percent good police work and 10 percent luck, I guess."

Thursday, officers spotted a vehicle and a man who matched the earlier descriptions parked at the Stadium Terrace Apartments, 1960 N. Canyon Road.

"They sat on the car. And the suspect comes out; he walks to the car but doesn't get in it. He walks another direction, so they pulled over parallel to him. They engaged him in some conversation to get a good look at him, and he was wearing the same coat he was wearing the night he attacked her in her apartment," Lemmon said.

The ripped coat, he said, was a "key piece of evidence."

Narcisse has a New York driver's license. He was staying with a tenant who attends Utah Valley University. But Lemmon said Narcisse seems to have very few ties to Utah.

"He has no affiliation with BYU or anything in Utah that we're aware of," he said.

Detectives did not have any evidence Friday linking Narcisse to any other recent crimes. Lemmon said investigators will still try to figure out why he picked that particular apartment to enter on Tuesday, and whether or not it was random.

"We don't know right now. Here again, the officers will spend quite a bit of time putting together his history," he said.

"Now we're really focusing on this other guy, or guys," Lemmon said, referring to 14 reports of women being groped on or near campus in the past two months. Although the groper is no longer linked to the apartment break-in, police fear his actions are still escalating.

The gropings started on Jan. 23 with two incidents within 2 ½ hours of each other near Helaman Halls and Heritage Halls. In those incidents, the man swatted or grabbed the buttocks of two women, according to police. His actions escalated to breast groping by the next reported incident on Feb. 19 near the Bell Tower.

Two women were reportedly attacked on Wednesday. Because of the publicity the case has received, four more women stepped forward Thursday to report they, too, had been groped in recent weeks.

In each case, a man either jogs by a woman, or group of women, and grabs them as he runs by, or casually stands and waits for them to walk by him before attacking, according to police.

Investigators are looking for a white man in his early to late 20s who is about 5 feet 6 or 7 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds, is clean-shaven and has spiky blond hair. Although he wears different clothes each time, he has been seen wearing a black hoodie and stone-washed blue jeans, or in another case a black knit hat, gray sweatshirt and white gloves. He has also worn a baseball cap, workout clothes, leggings while jogging, jogging shorts, and sweatshirts or T-shirts with "BYU" on them.

Anyone with information is asked to call BYU police at 801-422-2222.

Email: preavy@deseretnews.com, Twitter: DNewsCrimeTeam

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1. future professor
MECHANICSVILLE, VA,
March 21, 2014

"suspect was clean shaven" At least we know he is shaving, right? Cause that isn't likely to change overnight or anything.

2. BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA,
March 21, 2014

This problem has been endemic since at least the early 70s. Did BYU ever put up a Fence up to separate Lower Campus walk way up to main campus along where the bushes are? What is it with these guys? I'm glad the Ladies fought back.

3. I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT,
March 21, 2014

BYU Track Star,

You really think a fence will stop someone? Even if it could, once you turn 18 you are a responsible adult. You don't need your workplace and school to put up fences to make a walk-way safer. Get a gun, get spray, or hide in a hermit hut in the middle of nowhere.

Any amount of blame at BYU is irrational... to the point of being absurd. Blame the groper for HIS actions, not everyone else for not taking actions that wouldn't really solve anything.

4. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
March 21, 2014

byutrackstar,

Did you really just propose fences be put up around any bush anywhere?

After all, just because this groper is roaming byu doesn't mean the next groper will be. So shouldn't we fence off all shrubbery everywhere so they can't hide in said shrubbery?

5. BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA,
March 21, 2014

I Know, et al:

I think having a 3-4 foot fence would deter evil doers from dragging BYU coeds off the Walk way to upper campus to a secluded spot. It's a public safety issue. Having a daughter, I'd like to make it difficult for some opportunist punk and give pause to one who wants to do evil. There may be one there now. Anybody care to confirm?