Kettering Police release surveillance photos of groping suspect

Surveillance photo captures man at Sugarcreek Walmart who Kettering Police believe groped a customer in the parking lot.

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Kettering Police are asking for help from the public in identifying a groping suspect. Police are releasing new surveillance photos in hopes someone will recognize the man responsible.

Police say they’re following up on several tips coming in–but so far no one is in custody. They’re now hoping someone will recognize the man in the photos and turn him in.

Newly released surveillance photos show a man police say is about 21-years-old. The photos were taken inside the Sugarcreek Walmart where police say the man followed a woman through the store and then outside where he groped her in the parking lot.

Police believe that man could be the same man in surveillance video on Stonebridge Road in Kettering, where you can see a woman walking her dog. She also reported being groped by a man matching the same description.

The victim’s mother called 911 shortly after it happened.

Caller: “My daughter was walking on Stonebridge in Kettering.”
Dispatcher: “Mhmm.”
Caller. “And a guy just approached her and grabbed her and was saying really inappropriate things to her. Scared her to death.”

Police are now alerting the public to be cautious when you’re out.

“If you can be on the phone while you’re walking somewhere,” Kettering Police Patrolman John Jung said. “Have access to somebody immediately so you can make it aware that something’s gone wrong.”

Residents, like, Olivia MacDonald say they’re concerned when they hear about things like this.

“It’s always concerning to hear stuff like that,” Olivia MacDonald said. “I think just staying in visible areas which is what I do mostly with three kids is try and stay with other people and out in the open.”

“I’m just totally surprised especially in broad daylight,” Heilly Abtahi. “This area from what I understood is a pretty safe area so that really surprised me.”

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