Sacto 9-1-1
February 23, 2010
Sac PD: Door-to-door solicitor sought in sexual battery case

By Kim Minugh

Sacramento police are looking for a man they suspect of kissing and inappropriately touching a woman while apparently going door-to-door in the Elmhurst neighborhood.

On the afternoon of Feb. 16, the man knocked on the door of a home on Discovery Way and spoke with a female resident, said Sacramento police Sgt. Norm Leong.

He told the woman he worked with a local mortgage loan company, and she stepped onto the front porch to talk to him, closing the door behind her, Leong said.

As they talked, the man kissed the woman and inappropriately touched her, Leong said. The woman got away and called police.

She told officers that the man had paperwork in his hands that included other addresses, so police believe he might have knocked on other doors, or had the intention of doing so, Leong said. However, the woman is the only known victim, he said.

The man was described to police as a white man with a dark olive complexion, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with a large belly. He had short black hair with some gray starting to show, a scruffy beard and silver teeth on the upper right side of his mouth.

He had a thick accent, possibly, Serbian, and wore a black zip-up jacket with a red logo on the back, according to police. He was driving an off-white, four-door 1987 Nissan Sentra.

Sacramento police are using the incident to warn residents to be wary of strangers approaching them in or near their homes. Residents are encouraged to call police if there is a question about the person's identity, and should not provide any personal information to the person, Leong said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637. Enter "SACTIP" followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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