RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Four people, including a juvenile, reported being inappropriately touched in the Fan and Museum Districts.
Richmond police are investigating the incidents that all occurred between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 30. Two of the incidents were just three minutes apart.
Police said the victims reported an unknown male approaching, inappropriately touching them and fleeing on foot. None of the victims were injured and, based on witness descriptions, believe the same person is behind all four incidents.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male with a dark tan and short black hair with a medium build, between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall and 35 to 40 years old.
The incidents occurred at 3:35 p.m. in the 900 block of Tilden Street, 3:38 p.m. in the 3100 block of Monument Avenue, 4 p.m. in the 900 block of Roseneath Road and 7:26 p.m. 2700 block of Grove Avenue.
All four of the victims were female and the Tilden Street victim is a juvenile.
“This situation involves an offender that can’t control his urges,” safety expert Mike Jones said.
“We do live in a city and no city is going to be safe, and we have to constantly remind ourselves to be aware of our surroundings,” resident Kristina Preisner said.
“He is a sneak attack offender and he doesn’t approach the victim face-to-face. He hits and runs,” Jones said.
Jones warns to not just watch, but to listen.
“Take the earphones out of your ears. Develop situational awareness. Listen, know where you are, know who is walking up behind you so be cautious,” Jones said.
Police say no one was injured but want you to stay one step ahead while you’re out for your walk or run.
“You need to be a victor and not a victim,” Jones said.
Anyone with information about this incident or has home security cameras in or near the area is asked to call Detective Sergeant W. Andorfer (804) 646-8146 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.
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