Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wilmington Island trail reports lead to search for suspect

Posted By on Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 9:43 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Islands Precinct detectives are searching for a man who is "reported to have grabbed a teenage girl running on a wood-covered walking trail on Wilmington Island last Thursday evening," jpolice say.

Police are still "resolving some inconsistencies in reports they have received but are continuing to search the area. The teen reported that she had separated from her jogging mates after becoming winded about 5 p.m. in the woods on Johnny Mercer Boulevard when her arms were grabbed by a male attempting to pull her away from the trail," police say. The teen said broke away from the subject and sought help next door at the YMCA.

Police are seeking a white male in his 30s or 40s, standing 6-foot-0, with a muscular build and deep voice. During the incident he wore a black hoodie pulled tightly around his unshaven face.

Metro also is investigating similar encounter on the same trail on Wednesday, Feb. 25, when members of a family reported a man hidden behind the trees called to them from the wooded area. "They said they never saw the male but felt he was black based on his voice," police say.

Det. Eugene Solomon, the lead investigator on the case can be reached at (912) 525-3100 Ext. 1296. Anyone with information also can call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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