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Teen suspected of biting, touching women

By Daniel Silliman

dsilliman@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police have detained a 15-year-old, saying he may have bitten a woman on the buttocks at Wal-Mart.

The juvenile was being interviewed by detectives on Wednesday afternoon, and may be connected to as many as 12 cases of inappropriately touching women.

The juvenile, who is not being named because of his age, is currently only facing a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery, Capt. Greg Dickens said.

Detectives are planning to show his picture to a number of women, though, with the hope they will identify him as the five-feet, four-inch man who bit them, licked them, or inappropriately touched them in Lovejoy.

The teen was cooperating with police, Dickens said, under pressure from his mother.

Police began investigating what they called the "biter case" last August, when two women within a half hour reported odd sexual attacks at the 11149 Tara Blvd., store.

A 30-year-old woman told officers she was in the parking lot of the Lovejoy Wal-Mart, at about 9 p.m., on August 5, buckling her child into a safety seat. She felt someone touch her backside, she said, and turned around to find a man standing there. She reportedly asked him if he had touched her, and he allegedly grinned and said he had licked her buttocks.

He then said she was "very attractive," touched her, and asked her to perform a sex act on him, according to police reports made public at the time.

A 32-year-old woman, reporting an incident about 30 minutes later, said she was in the hardware aisle of the store, when she heard someone say she was "very attractive" and then felt someone bite her backside.

Both women gave roughly the same description of their attacker. Police, a few days later, released four security camera photos of the perpetrator walking around Wal-Mart. He was a black male, about 135 pounds, wearing a blue shirt and khaki-colored shorts. He had his hair in braids, with white beads on the ends.

Though the pictures did not immediately result in identifying the perpetrator, more women came forward and reported similar incidents, Dickens said.