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The Hyde Park Spanker

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Though the naked jogger appears to be laying low for the time being, Hyde Park now has a spanker on the loose. According to online posts from the neighborhood, there have been at least four incidents since April in the neighborhood, all of which involve women being surprised by a sudden assault at the hand of a man that quickly runs away. From an April 28 post on Nextdoor: “I was walking my dog earlier this evening (and) a man ran up behind me and slapped me on the butt. When I turned around he was running in the opposite direction, so I didn’t get a good at him. Based upon how well he was able to sneak up behind me without me noticing and how well he was able to run away, I suspect that this is a repeat offense. I have reported this information to the police.” And, from an April 26 post on the Hyde Park listserv: “While on a walk today, a man came up behind me, grabbed/slapped/hit my rear-end and ran away. I called the police and filed a report. The police officer suggested that I let you all know about it because he may do it again.” Anyone witnessing or experiencing such an assault should report the incident to the Austin Police Department.

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