Man in Midtown wanted for groping women


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Updated: 1/10/2013 11:40 am Published: 1/09/2013 8:23 pm


Tulsa police are looking for a man who has been lurking in and around various stores, making women feel very uncomfortable. In some cases he is violating them.

The sexual crimes are happening in the Southroads Shopping Center at 41st & Yale.


Sex Crimes detectives believe he may have done the same thing to a woman at Whiteside Park on 41st between Yale and Harvard.


A guy who looks like the man in the sketch is creeping around Southroads Shopping Center.


One woman told police he followed her in the parking lot and blatantly groped her.


Shoppers in the area are freaked out.


"If that happened to me I would run back in the store and call police,” said Yasmin Knight.  


Employees who work at nearby stores do not like hearing about the shady shopper.


"That’s pretty disgusting to think that someone would want to do that to people," said Michael Provenzano.


In some cases the fondler makes it feel like an accident so women are not sure what happened.


"This person would actually bump up and touch people in their private areas,” Corporal Eric Leverington.


Sex Crimes detectives say groping is a sex crime that could escalate into a more dangerous crime.


"Anytime someone touches you or bumps into the back of you or touches any of your private areas that is considered sexual battery,” said Leverington.


The groper is described as mixed race or Hispanic, wearing a cap and sometimes he is wearing glasses.

Ms. Knight says she is always carrying protection.


“That's why my grandma said you keep a can of mace because I will kick him in the groins and run," said Knight.


Detectives say the man in the sketch may have tried to target a runner at Whiteside Park. The woman was able to scare him off before he could touch her.


Police say anytime someone touches you inappropriately and makes you feel uncomfortable you can report it.

Officers say the man is targeting women during the day and the reported incidents happened at the end of December.


If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.


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Mayor Maynot - 1/15/2013 5:30 PM
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Palemin encourages you to kick in the boys. That sounds like sexual battery. Stick to thechands they won't be able tobgrab the boys or their cousin. Don't violate while you protect yourself like Erslund.

abzilla101 - 1/12/2013 7:08 PM
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looks familiar...my mentally challenged brother looks like him...

Gladys Crump - 1/10/2013 11:19 PM
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Yep he is gonna grope the wrong person....hope it is me, I need to take out my anger and frustration on someone and he is so deserving....

aleman - 1/10/2013 1:10 PM
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What makes these goobers wake up one morning and decide they're goin' to the mall and grope a woman?Definetly the wrong approach to a romantic evening...You see this dork?It is almost comical thinking about him lurking around...he's gonna get a hold of some gal that's gonna taser him now that would be funny!

aleman - 1/10/2013 4:29 AM
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And a few swift kicks to the "boys" also

Mayor Maynot - 1/10/2013 12:48 AM
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Get some double potent pepper spray and stick the can right up in this creeps grill keep spraying till he drops then start stomping on his hands with those lovely spike high heels. Go get him gurrlzzz.
 
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