SANIBEL ISLAND, FL – The Sanibel Police Department is asking the public’s help with identifying a suspect involved in three incidents of lewd acts.
According to a report, the incidents took place between April 10 and April 12. All took place in residential areas not far from one another and all of the incidents happened at night.
The first incident happened in the 600 block of Nerita Street on Thursday, April 10 at around 11 p.m. The 13-year-old victims told police she went out to the lanai and saw a man standing there. The man told her, “I just can’t help myself.” That’s when the victim ran from the unit and told her guardian.
The second incident happened in the Seagull Estates area near Daniel Drive on Saturday, April 12 at around 3:05 A.M. A 55-year-old victim told police she was sitting on her couch in the living room when she saw a man standing on the lanai masturbating. The suspect fled before officers arrived.
The third incident happened in the 2200 block of Camino Del Mar on Saturday, April 12 at around 4:20 a.m. The 15-year-old victim told officers she woke up to find a man standing in her room with his hand on her buttocks and masturbating. The man left through the window he used to enter the room.
The suspect is described as a white male with pale skin who is approximately 25 to 45 years old. He is around 6 feet tall with a thin ‘athletic’ build. He also has short blonde hair with blonde eyebrows and a deep voice.
Sanibel Police Chief Bill Tomlinson tells us since they’ve released the sketch of the suspect they have received countless calls to the department from people providing tips of who this person might be. Unfortunately, none of the tips have been successful.
It’s unsettling news for people on the island and for those who know the patterns of sex offenders.
“Basically, this is a predator, said Dr. Mabel Lopez, a psychologist.
Lopez studies human behavior. She says people like this man are dangerous.
“Individuals who exhibit this behavior are very likely to do it again. So, likely they will find that he will do something similar. Each time he will get bolder and bolder,” Lopez said.
Police say they are still investigating. They’re concerned because these types of things don’t normally happen on Sanibel Island. Tomlinson said it’s unclear if this person is a Sanibel resident or if he is or was here visiting.
“Sad. I’m really more concerned about the sad situation he’s in and, of course, he’s causing a lot of havoc,” said resident Stan Sorensen.
“It’s totally changed my whole outlook on this week,” said vacationer Jen Wait.
To protect your family, Sanibel police want to remind you to lock all doors and windows, and to close shades and curtains at night.
If you have any information about this man, call contact Detective Mark Steele at 472-3111, ext.237 or anonymously report information with a text message through Crime Tips C-R-I-M-E-S (274637)
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