SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento police are warning neighbors in the William Land Park and Broadway areas to be on the lookout for a man they’ve described as a serial groper.
Neighbors in Land Park said they were surprised by the latest warning from Sacramento police.
“It’s pretty odd,” said resident Anthony Spilker. “I’ve never really heard of that. Drive-by spanking?”
Police believe in the past few weeks the same suspect has already committed sexual battery on at least three women jogging or walking in the area.
“These incidents involve the suspect approaching these women in his vehicle as they’re jogging or running. The suspect then strikes the victims in their buttocks with his hand and leaves the area in his vehicle,” said Ryan Woo with the Sacramento Police Department.
Police say the suspect is a white man in his 20s or 30s, with strawberry blond hair, driving an older, dark green, four-door sedan with oxidation.
“And detectives are looking to identify potentially more victims or witnesses to support their investigation,” Woo said.
Police are recommending jogging in pairs or groups.
“Of course it worries me,” said Land Park resident Carolyn Davis. “I always try to stay aware when I’m walking around.”
Neighbors we spoke with say they will be on the lookout. They doubt the suspect will be able to get away with that behavior for much longer.
“All the neighbors know each other. They all communicate,” Spilker told FOX40. “I don’t think he’s gonna make it too far in this neighborhood doing that.”
“Shouldn’t be something we need to tolerate,” Davis said. “Let’s get it solved and don’t let it go on.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information or potential victims to contact them at 916-808-0650.