CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Police are looking for the man who rides his bicycle up to women running through Huguenot Park in north Chesterfield and sexually assaults them.
Investigators said the suspect sexually assaulted two female joggers on the trails at the park a year apart in broad daylight. The first assault happened Sept. 13, 2013. The latest attack happened on Oct. 9, 2014.
"This gentleman is riding up to them on a bicycle not making any verbal contact with them and putting his hand on them in a very suggestive manner before pedaling off," Chesterfield Police Detective Chris Rizzuti said.
"Hearing something like that at Huguenot park is devastating," said, resident
Michael Mullen, who feels safe in the community he's called home for 20 years, now plans to closely monitoring his daughter's daily trips to the park with his grandchildren.
"If it wasn't raining today, they'd be out there today. So that's kind of bringing up, do you go as more than one," Mullen wondered.
Advice police recommend because they say this brazen behavior can escalate.
"Always use the buddy system, keep your cell phone nearby. If you can snap a picture of someone real quickly and discreetly, of course that would be a great option," Rizzuti said.
Mullen said he is keeping all options on the table when it comes to the safety of his daughter since these crimes are happening in his own front yard.
"I think we'll be a little more protective now. Do I take her down to Southern Gun World and teach her how to handle a small arms weapon? Take her shooting? Something like that nature for self protection... ," added Mullen.
Police released the following description of the suspect:
- Six-foot-tall black man in his 20's with a medium build
- Suspect has short hair and was cleanly shaven
- He was last seen wearing a hoodie
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.