By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon police investigators are following up on leads as they seek a man who allegedly stalked women and children at a local retail megastore.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid- to late-30s who left the parking lot in a grey or silver Suzuki four-door sedan with a Texas license plate.
The Yukon Police Department is trying to identify the suspect who was captured in surveillance video around 2 p.m. July 23 at a business in the 1700 block of Garth Brooks Boulevard south of Interstate 40.
The suspect “followed several female victims around a local business and fondled himself,” according to a YPD social media post. “Two of the victims noticed what was happening and alerted someone for help.”
Callers have contacted Yukon police investigators after the store surveillance images were shared July 29 on the YPD’s social media pages, according to Deputy Police Chief John Brown.
“We’re following up on each tip or lead that we receive, but don’t have a confirmed suspect yet,” Brown said.
While investigators know the suspect vehicle had a Texas plate, they could not read the numbers to determine the registered owner.
CLOSE TO I-40
Having large, chain retailers along a busy commercial corridor on both sides of Interstate 40 may make Yukon vulnerable to this type of criminal activity.
“That person feels comfortable going into a Target or Walmart,” Brown explained. “They can just get on and off the interstate, so it makes it easily accessible for anybody who’s not from Yukon.”
Shoppers who think they are being followed inside a store are encouraged to report any suspicious activity.
“Be vigilant,” Brown added. “If you feel like you’re being watched or harassed, make sure you tell a store employee or a manager. Let them call police.
“If the patron really feels like they need to call the police, they can too. That’s our job, to come out there and check it out.”
Anyone with information about the retail stalker suspect or this incident should call Yukon Police at (405) 350-5505 or (405) 354-2553. Callers may remain anonymous.