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Man accused of fondling children may be connected to other similar incidents

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are trying to figure out whether the same suspect is responsible for committing multiple sex crimes that happened in the same area.

Friday, police released photos of a man they said fondled two students on their way to school that morning.

Now they said it might be connected to other incidents.

The first happened around 7 a.m. Sept. 8 near Overton Crossing Street and Cassie Avenue.

Police said a man ran up to a 28-year-old, fondled her and tried to cover her mouth. The victim was able to escape, and the suspect fled the scene toward Frayser Boulevard.

The victims of the other two incidents were both children and happened Oct. 26 near Frayser Boulevard and Watkins Street, less than a mile away from where the Sept. 8 and Oct. 28 incidents happened.

Police said a 14-year-old was walking to school when a suspect came up to her and fondled her. The victim got away, and the suspect left toward Watkins.

At 7:40 a.m., a suspect exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl who was also walking to school, police said.

Police have not confirmed whether the suspect is the same in all three cases, but each was described as a 5-foot-11 black man weighing about 180 pounds who was bald on top of his head but also had long dreadlocks and a goatee. He was wearing red pajama pants.

This is similar to the description given for the suspect in the Oct. 28 fondling cases: black man, slim built, roughly 160 pounds and 5-foot-9 with long dreads pulled back, a thin mustache and a possible mark or scar above his eye.