Suspected sexual predator targeting female joggers

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O’FALLON, MO (KTVI)–There was a warning Tuesday from O’Fallon, MO police about a suspected sexual predator, targeting a woman out for a morning jog.

A man on a bicycle exposed himself to one person and  touched a woman jogging by in a sexually inappropriate way, police said.

Police took the call about a man on a bike exposing himself around 5:55 Tuesday morning in the Calumet Ranch Neighborhood off of Knaust Road.

“Officers responded to the area.  One of the officers met with a lady in the area who had been jogging.  She stated she had been inappropriately touched by an individual and the descriptions matched,” said Officer Diana Damke of the O’Fallon Police Department.

Police asked residents to be on the lookout, saying the suspect had been spotted riding his bike through the neighborhood for two days in a row.

“You always have to be concerned.  I do think, ‘who knows what he’s capable of’?  If he grabbed somebody and exposed himself, that’s creepy and certainly to me means he could do other things,” said resident Bobbie Minnick.  She said she’d unknowingly walked her dogs around 15 minutes before the incidents were reported.

Police did not have much of a description.

“It was a white male on a bike.  The individual was wearing a black hoodie type top … black bike shorts, also,” Damke said.  “Talk to yourself like a quarterback would, you know, what would I do if this happened, see if you can’t keep anything like this from happening.”

“Hopefully it won’t escalate if this guy is caught quickly … I am walking daily, so I notice things that are out of the ordinary,” Minnick said.

“We would definitely love it if somebody thought there’s somebody they know who’s been out in that outfit, out in that area, normally rides a bike…it could generate some really good leads,” Damke said.

Given that he’s on a bike and been there the past two days, the suspect may live in the area.

If you have any information, call O’Fallon Police Department at 636-240-3200.

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