NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Nearly three weeks after police say the same man sexually assaulted three women in Norfolk, they have yet to track him down.
Norfolk police now want to make sure the public understands how they can help find the alleged attacker.
Since 10 On Your Side first reported the sexual assaults on August 19, police have received dozens of tips of possible suspect sightings. But detectives say the tips often lack critical information that could help lead police to an arrest.
“If you can, give a good description from head to toe: what they look like, what they’re wearing, their direction of travel,” said Officer Daniel Hudson. “Also, if he’s next to a business, give us the business name.”
All of that information will help patrol units find the person in question and interview him, so he can be ruled out or ruled in as a possible suspect.
“We’re taking a picture of that person, and then we’re taking all that information back to our sex assault investigators in hopes of getting a photo lineup to get him identified,” Hudson explained.
So far, Hudson said police have photographed a few dozen men, but aren’t ready to show the victims a photo line-up. They’re still searching for the right guy, and they’re asking the public to stay vigilant. Hudson said the department is also saturating the area with marked and unmarked police cars, and officers on bikes and foot patrols.
“So, we want to catch him before he takes it even further,” Hudson said.
Police say it’s possible the man is now hiding, waiting for the assaults to become old news or waiting for people to forget his description.
“It’s unfair that as women we have to worry about these things, but I’m sure the police are doing the best they can, and we all have to look out for each other,” said Norfolk resident Kim Kurtz.
The suspect is described as a white man in his mid to late 20s, with bushy dirty blonde or brown hair, and bushy facial hair – especially a goatee. Call police if you see a person matching that description (441-5610), but police also say to make sure you keep a safe distance.