Assault news conference

Billings Police Chief Rich St. John answers questions about the series of West End break-ins and assaults.

LLOYD BLUNK/Gazette Staff

While detectives continue the search for the person behind a string of at least a half-dozen home-invasion sex assaults in Billings since January, officers with the Billings Police Department and Montana State University Billings Police are hosting a free women’s safety and self-defense event on July 18.

The event, which is open to women only, is scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the MSU-Billings Alterowitz Gymnasium, according to the Billings Police Department.

The first half of the two-hour event will focus on steps women can take to protect themselves from criminals at home and around town, as well as instruction in bystander intervention and how to keep other women safe.

The second half of the event will focus on self-defense techniques for women and different ways women can protect themselves against stronger attackers.

Parking will be available at the MSU-Billings Parking garage or Cisel Hall parking lot.

Athletic shoes and workout or comfortable clothing are recommended.

For more information, please contact Billings Police Lt. Kevin Iffland at 657-8478 or MSU-Billings Police at 657-2147.

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City news reporter for the Billings Gazette