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Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Suspect sought in lewd incidents

August 23, 2001

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Douglas County Sheriff's officers are requesting the public's help in finding a man who reportedly has displayed lewd behavior toward women in the southern part of the county.

Four similar cases have been reported to the Sheriff's Office in about a month, spokeswoman Lt. Kathy Tate said. The description of a man and the pickup truck he has been seen driving is similar in each instance, she said.

The latest incident occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A 22-year-old Emporia woman was alone at her boyfriend's house in the 600 section of East 715 Road , Tate said. The man came to the front door, saying he'd lost his dog. He left after the woman said she had not seen the animal.

A short time later the man returned and asked to use a phone because his truck was broken down. The woman said there was no phone in the house.

The man then stuck his foot in the door to keep it open and made a lewd comment, the woman told officers.

The woman managed to shut the door. After checking to be sure all other doors were locked she went upstairs, Tate said. The suspect left the area in the truck. The woman drove to Zarco, 647 E. 1250 Road ,and called for help.

July 16, a man exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl picking up mail from a box along North 900 Road near Baldwin. The girl ran to her house and the man drove away.

There are two other similar incidents officers know of, but they are still under investigation and reports haven't been completed, Tate said. No details about those incidents were released. All have occurred in the southern part of the county.

The Sheriff's Office described the suspect as a white man, in his late 30s or early 40s, 5-feet-10 to 6-feet tall and weighing 170-200 pounds. He has brown hair and a slight growth of facial hair.

The suspect drives a 1980s model, small, tan pickup truck with a tan camper shell. No license tag number has been reported.

In three of the incidents, the truck was seen on a nearby gravel road. In the Tuesday incident, the suspect drove it into the driveway near the house.

"If anyone sees anything ... they should call," Tate said. "If something like this happens, the sooner they can call us the better."

Callers to the Crime Stoppers hot line at 843-TIPS can remain anonymous.

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