LENEXA, Kan. — Lenexa police say the same man appears to be targeting women inside stores. The unidentified suspect is accused of groping a woman at the Sports Authority on West 95th Street in March and exposing himself to another woman at the Nordstrom Rack on Quivira Road in May.
Each victim declined to speak on camera saying they were still to shaken by the incidents. The 19-year-old Sports Authority victim watched surveillance video of the suspect from Nordstrom Rack and confirmed it was the same man.
“You go shopping and you don’t expect someone to sexually harass you,” shopper Valerie Velikaya said.
In the May 28th incident at Nordstrom Rack, the 35-year old victim says the man followed her from aisle to aisle as she looked for shoes. When she turned toward him, he was exposing and fondling himself.
Surveillance video shows him running from the store after she caught him and alerted staff who she says told her they’d call police. Police say they only found out about the incident this month, when the woman called them for an update on the investigation.
Back in March, a teenager says she saw the same man following her around the Sports Authority across 95th Street. When she went to pay for her items, she says he grabbed her butt and pulled her by her waist to him, before being chased from the store.
“This is kind of Pleasantville, how I’ve always thought of living here, and for these kind of things to happen I think it’s disturbing,” shopper Elizabeth Faria said.
Victims describe the suspect as being anywhere from 5’9″ to 6’2″, in his late 20s to early 40s, wearing wire framed glasses and a baseball hat.
He was seen getting in a silver two-door car, possibly an older Nissan Maxima, when leaving the Sports Authority.
Lenexa police want him caught, before he strikes again, saying similar suspect’s crimes sometimes escalate to forcible rapes.
“There just seems to be some kind of… whether it’s a thrill or compulsion… to do this in a public setting with people around. We are very concerned it could be repeated again,” Lenexa Master Police Officer Danny Chavez said.
Nordstrom Rack hasn’t returned calls seeking comment on the apparent mix-up reporting the crime to police.