A man who sexually assaulted a woman after pushing her into a Luton alleyway on Valentineâ€™s Day has been jailed.
Krzysztof Tomkowicz, 30, of Park Street, Luton, approached the victim shortly after 5am as she walked along Bute Street towards The Mall. He pushed her into an alleyway before groping her over her clothing. The victim screamed out for help and woman passer-by came to her aid before Tomkowicz fled towards Silver Street.
Officers alerted CCTV operators at Luton Borough Council who tracked back through their footage and identified the offender. His description was circulated and he was spotted again by CCTV operators in the town at 5.15pm. They directed officers to his location and he was arrested.
He pleaded guilty to Sexual Assault at Luton Crown Court and was jailed for three years at Luton Crown Court on Friday (16 January).
Detective Constable Colin Knight, who investigated the crime, said: â€œThis was a shocking attack. I am grateful to the passer-by who intervened and frightened Tomkowicz off.
â€œCCTV played a great part in the investigation in identifying him and later arresting him when he was seen in town again later the same day. Iâ€™d like to thank the CCTV operators at Luton Borough Council who were a massive help.
â€œIt is a great example of how effective our close working partnerships are in solving crime and bringing offenders to justice.â€