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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The East Baton Rouge Parish
Sheriff's Office is warning the public to "proceed with caution" when
you're out alone at night. There have been two suspicious incidents this week
that involve a man assaulting women in parking lots at night.
The first one happened on
March 24 around 10:39 p.m. at LA Cheer Force in the 14000 block of Tiger Bend
Road. According to reports, around 8 p.m. two teenage girls were leaving the
building and trying to get into their vehicle when a man approached them and
made inappropriate sexual comments. The girls left in their vehicle.
According to an employee at
the facility, the man returned around 8:37 p.m. 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 tried to make contact
with the man, he ran to his vehicle and left the area. He left in what appeared
to be a silver hatchback or possibly a small SUV, newer model or wagon-style
with flared rear fenders.
Another incident occurred
Thursday around 9 p.m. 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 told deputies 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.
Tari Trosclair owns Tari's
Dance Studio on Perkins Rd. Just down the street from Bally's. Two years
ago she hired off duty Baton Rouge Police officers to do security. She
says this should be a new trend for business in Baton Rouge.
"I think maybe more
businesses in Baton Rouge need to step up and start providing security
especially if you have women clients," said Trosclair.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's
spokeswoman Casey Hicks wants to inform the public, there are several things
that can protect themselves.
"Exercise caution when
parking. Try to park in well lit areas. And if you see anything suspicious
please call the sheriff's office," said Hicks.
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 225-389-5000 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 225-344-7867(STOP).