At least 17 women have reported being followed and assaulted in the Norwegian capital since May. Police have arrested two suspects tied to four of the cases and were issuing warnings and calling for tips after the latest attempted assault late last week.
Most of the incidents have occurred after midnight. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that women taking public transport home have reported that a man who got off at the same bus or tram stop started following them and then attacked as they unlocked the door of their residence. They’ve either been molested or raped.
The latest attack occurred last Thursday night against a woman who had taken a bus from Oslo’s Bjølsen district to St Hanshaugen. When she called for help, two passersby came to her aid and the assailant ran off.
The women have given various descriptions of their attackers, leading police to believe that several men are involved. Ann Kristin Grosberghaugen of the Oslo Police District told Aftenposten that 17 attacks in a three-month period is a lot, and there may be more attacks that haven’t been reported. No weapons were used in the attacks. Police were calling for tips from the public to telephone number 02800.