Man Reported Fondling Himself in Royal Oak Matches Description of Suspect Who Touched Girl in Berkley

Both cities' law enforcement departments are looking for a person with similar characteristics and seeking tips from the public.

A man reported fondling himself in Royal Oak matches the description of a man the report in a Berkley park last week.

A woman in the 400 block of South Main in Royal Oak reported Wedneday she witnessed a man possibly touching himself inside of his pants. The man then began following her, so the woman went into a nearby business and called police, according to the report.

The man is described as a male in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 6-feet tall with a heavy build, dark hair, wearing sunglasses, dark khaki pants and dark polo-style shirt. 

Royal Oak Police Deputy Chief Gordie Young said Friday that there have been no developments since the woman's report was made and the department is seeking the public's help to find the man.

Royal Oak police say the description matches a man who police say was impersonating a law enforcement officer and approached two girls last Friday evening near the in Berkley and touched one of them inappropriately.

The man, who was using a walkie-talkie-type device with a touch screen and an antenna, told the 12-year-old girls he was there to investigate a report they were lighting bushes on fire, BPS Sgt. Pete Kelly said.

The suspect ordered the girls to empty their pockets so he could check for matches and lighters and then touched one of them inappropriately before leaving the scene on foot, Kelly said.

"Any other departments that come into contact with someone who may be related, we'll keep in contact with," BPS Officer Andrew Hadfield said Friday. "We definitely work closely with other agencies when they get stuff that may be pertaining to our case."

If anyone has information regarding this man, please call Royal Oak Police at 248-246-3500 or the Berkley Public Safety Department at 248-658-3380 immediately.


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