Covington police search for subject after reports of inappropriate contact, assaults in area (2022)

THAT’S CRAIG AND KENTUCKY ABOUT A BLOCK OR SO EAST OF MAINE STRASSE. YOU’LL SEE THIS BUILDING YOU’LL ALSO SEE THE MAN WHO IS THE SUSPECT RUNNING FROM THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, WHICH IS JUST A FEW FEET OFF THE SCREEN. FROM A CAMERA ACROSS THE STREET WATCH THE SUSPECT IN THE WHITE SHIRT APPEARS ON SCREEN RUNNING. THIS IS RIGHT ABOUT WHEN I STOPPED SCREAMING, BUT THIS IS NO MOVIE MORE LIKE A MEMORY FOR THE VICTIM. HE KIND OF REACHED OUT GRABBED ME REALLY AGGRESSIVELY GROPED ME AND THEN PROCEEDED TO RUN AWAY JADE THRASHER GOT HER FIRST LOOK AT THE VIDEO TODAY. SO YOU’RE MAKING A SCENE AND HE’S RUNNING AWAY. SHE SAYS SHE HAS NO DOUBT. THIS IS THE MAN WHO GROPED HER. HONESTLY. I KNEW IT WAS HIM. NOT REALLY JUST FROM LIKE HIS FACE, WHICH I ONLY GOT A REALLY BRIEF GLIMPSE OF BUT EVEN THE WAY HE WALKED THE WAY HE WAS BUILT EVERYTHING. I WAS LIKE, THAT’S THE GUY WATCH HOW THE VIDEO PLAYS OUT. THE MAN HAS SEEN RUNNING AWAY GOES AROUND THE CORNER BRIEFLY WALKING THEN RUNNING AGAIN UNTIL HE STOPS AND LOOKS AROUND AND THEN DISAPPEARS BUT A FEW SECONDS LATER HE REAPPEARS AND HEADS BACK TO WHERE HE JUST WAS BUT SUDDENLY STOPS BURNS AND RUNS AWAY AGAIN AS POLICE. LIFE BUT REALLY SCARES ME IS WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED HAD THE POLICE NOT BEEN THERE BECAUSE YOU SEE HIM A COUPLE MINUTES LATER COMING BACK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE IT ALL HAPPENED ABOUT A BLOCK EAST FROM MAINE STRASSE MANY ARE ON EDGE DEFINITELY SCARY. IT MAKES ME THINK TWICE ABOUT GOING ANYWHERE ALONE. NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF DAY IT IS SINCE IT SEEMED TO HAPPEN PRETTY EARLY IN THE EVENING AS A NEW VIDEO GIVES A WINDOW INTO THE MEMORY OF A VICTIM. YEAH NOW POLICE ARE ASKING ANYONE THAT KNOWS THIS VICTOR OR THIS SUSPECT TO CAL

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Covington police search for subject after reports of inappropriate contact, assault in area

Covington police released video of a person of interest after reports of inappropriate contact in the area.The man in the video can be seen wearing a white shirt and blue jogging pants with white stripes down the sides. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 859-292-2234 or you can leave an anonymous tip at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.The update comes after a Covington woman warned people about walking the streets alone after she said a man groped her near Mainstrasse. Last week, Jade Thrasher was walking to meet her friends for dinner when she recalls a man jumping out from behind a building and aggressively grabbing her."It took me a full second to be like, 'he just grabbed me,'" Thrasher said.It happened around 6:30 p.m. near the Sixth and Craig streets intersection in Covington. Thrasher remembers that after he inappropriately touched her, he took off down the street."There was no hesitation," she said.Thrasher screamed, called the man names, and tried to cause a scene. A Covington police cruiser drove by, and she reported the incident.She is thankful she walked away psychically unharmed."I'm OK," Thrasher said. "I thought, 'he's running away, and he's going to do this to someone else.'"She posted her story on Facebook in hopes of informing the community. With it happening on a busy Friday night, Thrasher believes she was not his first or last victim."From what I gathered, he assaulted me and ran down to his car, which was about half a block away. He was driving his car around Covington and got a half block down Mainstrasse, pulled into an alley, and assaulted another woman. All within an hour," she said.Covington police said they have upped their presence in the area and the case is under investigation. "Patrol officers have stepped up presence in the areas and have been forwarding intelligence to our criminal investigations bureau," Lt. Col. Wietholter said. "The case has been assigned to a detective and is actively under investigation."Covington police provided a list of tips for pedestrian safety:If at all possible, walk with someone else so that you are not alone.Utilize a location tracking application on your phone or watch to share your location with a family member or friend. Also, let someone else know where your planned route is and when you plan to be walking that route. This will allow someone else to know your plan and ensure you arrived at your destination safely.Plan your trip so that you remain in well-lit areas or avoid walking late to utilize natural light as a safety mechanism.If you drive to a location to begin your walk, try to park in an area that is well-lit and has ample public traffic nearby.Be aware of your surroundings - Do not allow yourself to be distracted by a smartphone or other device. Headphones can be problematic as well because you cannot hear if another person or vehicle is approaching you.If someone approaches you and you do not feel comfortable, try to find an occupied public space or open business to walk to.If you are approached and feel that you are being harassed, be sure to verbalize loudly your desire to be left alone so that others in the area can hear you.If a circumstance occurs where you are approached, be observant and gather details so that the incident can be reported to the proper authorities. Important information to note is clothing, and physical descriptors of the person, such as approximate height and weight, age, gender, race, etc. Other important details include what the person is wearing, anything that stands out about the person’s appearance, and the direction of travel if they left the scene. If a vehicle is involved, a description of the car and its direction of travel is important. Noting the license plate of the vehicle is very important if it is possible to obtain.

COVINGTON, Ky. —

Covington police released video of a person of interest after reports of inappropriate contact in the area.

The man in the video can be seen wearing a white shirt and blue jogging pants with white stripes down the sides.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 859-292-2234 or you can leave an anonymous tip at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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The update comes after a Covington woman warned people about walking the streets alone after she said a man groped her near Mainstrasse.

Last week, Jade Thrasher was walking to meet her friends for dinner when she recalls a man jumping out from behind a building and aggressively grabbing her.

"It took me a full second to be like, 'he just grabbed me,'" Thrasher said.

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It happened around 6:30 p.m. near the Sixth and Craig streets intersection in Covington. Thrasher remembers that after he inappropriately touched her, he took off down the street.

"There was no hesitation," she said.

Thrasher screamed, called the man names, and tried to cause a scene. A Covington police cruiser drove by, and she reported the incident.

She is thankful she walked away psychically unharmed.

"I'm OK," Thrasher said. "I thought, 'he's running away, and he's going to do this to someone else.'"

She posted her story on Facebook in hopes of informing the community. With it happening on a busy Friday night, Thrasher believes she was not his first or last victim.

"From what I gathered, he assaulted me and ran down to his car, which was about half a block away. He was driving his car around Covington and got a half block down Mainstrasse, pulled into an alley, and assaulted another woman. All within an hour," she said.

Covington police said they have upped their presence in the area and the case is under investigation.

"Patrol officers have stepped up presence in the areas and have been forwarding intelligence to our criminal investigations bureau," Lt. Col. Wietholter said. "The case has been assigned to a detective and is actively under investigation."

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Covington police provided a list of tips for pedestrian safety:

  1. If at all possible, walk with someone else so that you are not alone.
  2. Utilize a location tracking application on your phone or watch to share your location with a family member or friend. Also, let someone else know where your planned route is and when you plan to be walking that route. This will allow someone else to know your plan and ensure you arrived at your destination safely.
  3. Plan your trip so that you remain in well-lit areas or avoid walking late to utilize natural light as a safety mechanism.
  4. If you drive to a location to begin your walk, try to park in an area that is well-lit and has ample public traffic nearby.
  5. Be aware of your surroundings - Do not allow yourself to be distracted by a smartphone or other device. Headphones can be problematic as well because you cannot hear if another person or vehicle is approaching you.
  6. If someone approaches you and you do not feel comfortable, try to find an occupied public space or open business to walk to.
  7. If you are approached and feel that you are being harassed, be sure to verbalize loudly your desire to be left alone so that others in the area can hear you.
  8. If a circumstance occurs where you are approached, be observant and gather details so that the incident can be reported to the proper authorities. Important information to note is clothing, and physical descriptors of the person, such as approximate height and weight, age, gender, race, etc. Other important details include what the person is wearing, anything that stands out about the person’s appearance, and the direction of travel if they left the scene. If a vehicle is involved, a description of the car and its direction of travel is important. Noting the license plate of the vehicle is very important if it is possible to obtain.

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