KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Investigators with the Knoxville Police Department are asking shoppers, specifically two different families, to give them a call. Police are hoping what they have to say helps close a case.
Police say on Oct. 9, a man exposed himself to children at Walmart at 6777 Clinton Highway.
There were two incidents reported to store employees.
“The mother saw it herself and he had fully exposed himself to the children. She made a comment to him and then she went to personnel to report it. The male individual, he saw the suspect’s zipper was down. He made a comment to the suspect and the suspect said ‘Well that’s just the way he likes it,'” said Darrell DeBusk with the Knoxville Police Department.
By the time KPD got to Walmart, both witnesses had left. Investigators were able to identify and detain the suspect for questioning before being released.
“The history of this individual is something we’ve looked at. We know that he’s lived out of state as well,” said DeBusk.
He says at this point other incidents like this, involving this man, have not happened again but it’s very concerning.
“A lot of times, this is a way people begin acting out. Obviously it’s very concerning to us because this could be just the start by exposing themselves, you don’t know what they could go to next,” added DeBusk.
Shoppers like Jeannie Bobroff say it’s scary to think someone is out there exposing themselves to children, “You always have to be careful when you go out. I just want this guy caught and prosecuted.”
Investigators are asking for the witnesses who reported the incidents, as well as anyone who was shopping at the Walmart on Clinton Highway that day to call investigators at 865-215-7212.