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(Credit: University of Colorado Police Department)

BOULDER, Colo. — University of Colorado police arrested a man accused of a series of attempted fondling and harassment incidents that happened on or near the Boulder campus in recent weeks.

Zack Halle, of Boulder, was arrested at 5:30 a.m. Friday, at the Rodeway Inn & Suites Boulder Broker, where he was staying, according to police.

Halle, 28, was charged with one count of criminal attempt unlawful sexual contact, which is a class 1 misdemeanor, and booked into the Boulder Jail.

The most recent incidents allegedly involving Halle happened on Dec. 8. Around 3:50 p.m., a female student reported she was approached by a man and asked for directions to a building on campus. He followed the woman and approached by a man and asked for directions to a building on campus, police said.

About ten minutes later, a man approached a female student on campus and asked her for directions. He talked with the girl for a while and then followed her to a sorority house and back onto campus.

During that time, the man attempted to touch the woman’s breast, but was unsuccessful, police said. He also allegedly tried to kiss the woman, but was unsuccessful.

Halle, who has never attended CU nor been affiliated with the university, is also believed to be involved in a similar incident on Nov. 19.

CUPD Chief Melissa Zak praised the quick work of detectives in tracking down Halle, as well as diligent reports from students.

“The students came forward with information that allowed this case to be solved quickly,” Zak said. “It’s on all of us – every member of this community – to be effective bystanders and prevent sex offenses. When someone is preying on members of our community, the Police Department will use every resource we have to stop that criminal activity.”

If you should be approached or followed by someone you don’t know, CUPD advises you to take the following safety measures:

  • Make a sudden turn, cross the street, accelerate or go into a nearby building.
  • If you aren’t able to get away from the follower, get the attention of passerby, scream or otherwise make noise.
  • Run toward other people and attempt to attract their attention.
  • Call 911 as soon as possible to report the incident.
  • Do not go straight home. Try to go to a place where there will be someone there to provide assistance.