Friday, September 16, 2022

EPD Seeking Individual Suspected of Following Women, Spraying Them with Unknown Liquid

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2022 at 1:35 PM

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The Eureka Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a suspect in five battery and suspicious activity investigations that date back to November of 2021, with the most recent incident taking place on Wednesday.

"In each incident the male follows a female victim for a period of time before approaching close enough to squirt the female with an unknown liquid substance," a news release states. "The male then quickly walks away."

According to a news release, most instances took place inside "major retail establishments" but the latest occurrence took place on a neighborhood street. The liquid has not been identified but the substance has been sent to the Department of Justice for testing.

The EPD release states that detectives and evidence technicians believe there are other unreported cases involving the individual, whose motivation is unclear. 
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The department is asking anyone who believes they may been the victim of a similar incident or who may have information about or know the identity of the suspect to contact Senior Detective Corrie Watson at cwatson@ci.eureka.ca.gov or (707) 441-4032.

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See the full EPD release and more photos below:
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The subject depicted in the attached photos is considered a suspect in five separate battery/suspicious activity investigations by the Eureka Police Department.

The five incidents have occurred sporadically since November 2021, with the most recent occurring on September 13, 2022. Most of the incidents have occurred inside of major retail establishments while the most recent occurred outside on a residential sidewalk.

In each incident the male follows a female victim for a period of time before approaching close enough to squirt the female with an unknown liquid substance. The male then quickly walks away.

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The Eureka Police Department has been gathering information, surveillance, and has sent the substances off for DOJ testing. The motive behind the male’s action is still unclear.

Detectives and Evidence Technicians believe it is possible there are unreported victims. If you have been a victim of a similar incident or have information/identity of the suspect, please contact Senior Detective Corrie Watson at cwatson@ci.eureka.ca.gov or (707) 441-4032.
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