TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Canadian man traveling in Taiwan has been arrested for allegedly sexually harassing two Taiwanese women, reported Apple Daily.
The man, who has been identified as Bouazza Mounib, 27, at noon on April 12 approached a female reporter walking alone at the Zhongxiao Xinsheng Taipei MRT Station. Mounib suddenly reached out his hand to touch the reporter's shoulder and her hair and started to talk to her.
The woman was frightened by his sudden movement and shouted in English "Don't Touch me," as she immediately turned around and got ready to leave. Apparently angered by her rejection, Mounib allegedly kicked her calf according to Apple Daily, or buttocks according to Liberty Times, before running away from the scene. The frightened female reporter immediately called the police.
According to police, Mounib then started following a female college student who was walking on Xinsheng North Road. Once she turned the corner onto Bade Road he lunged forward and touched her breasts, after which the startled student ran away and immediately alerted authorities.
CCTV footage of suspect. (Taipei City Police Department - Da'an Precinct footage)
After fielding both reports of sexual harassment, the Da'an Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department immediately began reviewing surveillance camera footage and they confirmed that the man had indeed acted improperly and invaded the personal space of the women. They then used the footage to trace the whereabouts of the man and took him into custody last Saturday (April 14).
When questioned by police, Mounib said that he only lightly touched the reporter's hair and did not sexually harass her, but because she used Chinese and English to curse him, he felt insulted and it was only then that he kicked her. He denied intentionally touching the college student's breasts, instead claiming that he was only stretching out his arm and that he inadvertently touched her in the process.
However, because the reporter pressed charges for sexual assault and bodily harm, the student also pressed charges for sexual assault, and he could potentially leave the country soon, police went to the room he was renting and took him into custody.