Police seek help in identifying subject in report of indecency with a child

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

May 1, 2007 - Sulphur Springs police are asking for the public's help in identifying or locating a man accused of indecency by contact with a young girl at Wal-Mart this weekend.

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Police are asking for help from the public in identifying the man in these photos, taken from security cameras at Wal-Mart Saturday.

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Police were contacted around 5 p.m. Saturday and told that a 10-year-old girl had been touched inappropriately by a man while in the store. Police were given prints taken from surveillance equipment of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a slim African American male, with very little hair and a goatee-type mustache. He is estimated to be between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and in his middle 20s to early 30s. He was described as wearing a gray T-shirt with dark lettering printed horizontally across the shirt, and blue jeans.

He is thought to have left the store in a small green or blue four-door vehicle with what appeared to be "some type of spoiler on the trunk." 

At this point, the suspect is believed to be stranger, with no known connection to the girl or her family.

Officers were still interviewing witnesses who were at Wal-Mart at the time, and may at a later time attempt to construct a composite sketch of the man to more clearly depict him, Sulphur Springs Police Sgt. Detective David Gilmore said Tuesday morning.

"We're still at the beginning stage of this," Gilmore said. "We want to get the surveillance footage as soon as possible to see if we can get him ID’d.”

The case is being handled as indecency with a child by contact, a third-degree felony offense which is punishable by two years up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Anyone with information about the suspect or vehicle is urgered to contact Sulphur Springs Police Department at 903-885-7602.

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