What to Know
- Police are searching for a man accused of stalking and groping a 16-year-old girl in Philadelphia's Germantown section.
- The girl told police the man followed her out of a corner store, made lewd comments toward her and groped her.
- Police released surveillance video of the suspect. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the SVU at (215) 685-3251.
Police are searching for a man accused of stalking and groping a teen girl in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood.
A 16-year-old girl told police she was leaving a corner store near Manheim Street and Wayne Avenue Sunday around 2:30 p.m. when a man followed her as she walked out and yelled lewd comments toward her.
“She said what he said to her and I’m just too much of a lady to even repeat it,” the girl’s mother, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10.
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The man also asked the girl if she lived in the area and how old she was, police said. When the girl told him she was 16-years-old, the man continued to follow and talk to her. Surveillance video shows the man stalking her as she tries to walk away.
The girl said she stopped at the corner of Manheim and Pulaski Avenue when the man groped her.
“He grabbed her butt,” the girl’s mother said. “Not no little soft touch. He reached out and grabbed her butt and held onto her butt.”
The teen was eventually able to flee from the suspect.
“When she called me, she was absolutely traumatized,” the girl’s mother said. “I couldn’t even understand what she was saying. All I knew is I had to get to her.”
Investigators say the man was also involved in several other incidents in the city. The girl, who we are not identifying, told NBC10 she spoke with other women who’ve had similar run-ins with him.
“I’m totally shocked that somebody is so bold and so vicious and so nasty that they would just do this in broad daylight,” the girl’s mother said.
The suspect is described as a bald, clean shaven, heavy-set and light skinned black male, standing 5-foot-6 and weighing 200 pounds between the ages of 35 and 42. He was last seen wearing a black sport type jacket, gray jeans, black sneakers and thick prescription glasses.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Special Victims Unit at (215) 685-3251.