Camarillo - Investigators seek public's help to identity sexual battery suspect
6/4/2012 2:00:00 AM
Nature of Incident:
Public Safety / Attempt to Identify Sexual Battery Suspect
Reports: 12-11778 and 12-12226
Carmen Plaza Shopping Center on Carmen Road at Daily Drive in Camarillo.
Date & Time:
5/25/12 and 5/31/12. Both incidents occurred around 8 pm.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
Hispanic male, 5'8' ' 6'0, 170 lbs, short brown hair
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Over the past week, two sexual battery incidents have occurred at the Carmen Plaza Shopping Center in Camarillo. In both incidents, an unidentified male followed each female victim as she exited the store and then grabbed their buttocks. In one of the incidents, the male suspect followed a female out of the store and approached her at her vehicle. The suspect then told the female he was a Loss Prevention Officer for the store. The male suspect then detained the female victim telling her he needed to 'check' her purse and 'search' her person for 'stolen' property. When the female stepped out of the car to be 'searched' the male grabbed her buttocks and ran away. The victim's ages range from 20 ' 40 years old. As a reminder, store security officers will have identification that should be presented upon request.
Camarillo Police is asking for help from the public in identifying this suspect. If you have any information regarding this suspect, or if a similar incident has happened to you, please call Detective Julie Novak at 805-388-5115.
The Camarillo Police Department would like to remind everyone to consider the following safety tips when shopping alone:
· Always keep your cell phone in your hand when walking out to your car.
· If you are uncomfortable walking to your car alone ask for a store employee to escort you. Most stores will happily accommodate this request.
· If anything does happen, immediately dial 9-1-1 and report the crime to the police. Do not try to follow or apprehend the suspect.
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Detective Julie Novak, (805) 388-5115
Media Release Date:
Detective Novak (805) 947-8312 or Detective Gibson (805) 947-8311
Bruce Macedo, Captain