"For an investigator, one of the hardest challenges to overcome in crimes of this type is the natural aversion a victim has to looking at the suspect," Natatia Bledsoe, Fredericksburg Police Department spokesperson said. "Because the gut-level reaction of the victim is to turn away from the offense, obtaining a reliable description of the suspect can be very difficult."
"If the circumstances are safe for the victim to do so, the most important thing a witness to a crime can do is pay attention to the details that may help identity the suspect," Bledsoe said. For example:
- What is the perpetrator’s
- Race or ethnicity?
- Build -- slim, medium, or heavy build?
- What is the person wearing?
- Which way did the suspect go when they left the scene?
- Did the suspect leave in a car? Describe the car.
If the suspect says anything, take note of what the person's voice sounds
like. What specific words were spoken? (The suspect may say the same thing
to all their victims.)
"I’m still waiting for the quick thinking witness who pulls
out their cell phone and takes a picture of the offender's face in an indecent exposure
case," Bledsoe said.