RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police are looking to identify a man suspected of approaching females and inappropriately touching them in the Fan and Museum Districts last week. An investigation is underway after authorities received four similar reports of sexual battery in a four-hour period.
Authorities were called to four different locations from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 30 for reports of sexual battery. Each report was filed by a female victim claiming an unknown male had approached them and then inappropriately touched them before running away, Richmond Police said.
“But that could escalate to something else,” said Richmond Police Capt. Marty Harrison. “So while he’s just touching and running, we would like to get our hands on him.”
Each incident occurred in either the Fan District or Museum District:
- 900 block of Tilden Street at 3:35 p.m.
- 3100 block of Monument Avenue at 3:38 p.m.
- 900 block of Roseneath Road at 4:00 p.m.
- 2700 block of Grove Avenue at 7:26 p.m.
None of the victims, including one juvenile, reported any injuries and each shared a similar description of the suspect.
“The victims tend to call us immediately when it happens. They call us. The information they give us, they’re in a bit of shock,” Harrison told 8News. “All of this happened between three and four o clock. We’ve got officers in the area trying to do their best in incognito.”
Richmond Police believe one suspect, described as a white or Hispanic male with a medium build and short black hair, is responsible for each incident. Richmond Police say he is believed to be around 35 to 40-years-old and between 5-feet-8-inches to 6-feet-tall.
Police said while they are on the lookout, they are encouraging locals to do the same.
“Really be aware of your surroundings,” Harrison said, “look behind you, people following you.”
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 contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or reach out online at www.7801000.com.
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