East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is warning the public to proceed with caution when out alone at night particularly when leaving secluded areas. The Sheriff’s Office has responded to two suspicious incidents this week concerning a man approaching women in parking lots at night.
Deputies responded to a suspicious incident yesterday evening at approximately 9:00 where a woman was approached by a man while leaving Bally’s Gym at Perkins Rowe. The woman stated the man appeared to be recording her with his cell phone as she walked to her vehicle parked at Fresh Market. She stated the man approached her as she neared her vehicle and began asking her personal questions about her age and where she lived. She stated when she started to get in her car, he grabbed her arm. She pulled free and closed the door. She stated he went around to the passenger side and knocked on her window as she drove off. The man was described as Hispanic, 18 to 20 years old, 5’5” to 6’00” in height. He was wearing a gray shirt with blue jeans, no facial hair and short spiked black hair. He appeared to drive an unknown dark sedan.
On March 24 at approximately 10:39 in the evening deputies responded to a suspicious incident at LA Cheer Force at 14050 Tiger Bend Road. According to reports, at approximately 8:00 p.m. two teenage females were leaving the building and attempting to enter their vehicles when a man approached them and made inappropriate sexual comments. The two girls left in their vehicle. The man was described as Hispanic, between the age of 17 to 19, wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, approximately 5’6” to 5’8” tall with black hair. He was also reportedly wearing eyeglasses. According to an employee at the facility, the man returned at approximately 8:37 wearing only the t-shirt and what appeared to be dark-colored underwear. He was then allegedly looking through the front glass door. When the employee attempted to make contact, the man ran to his vehicle and left the area. He was reportedly driving what appeared to be a silver hatchback or possibly a small SUV, newer model or wagon-style with flared rear fenders.
It is unknown if these incidents are related, but the Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Anyone with information concerning these incidents is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 389-5000 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 344-STOP.
Photographs from Tigerbend incident attached.