Police try to connect the dots on string of voyeurism and sexual battery cases in east Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Police Department is actively investigating a rash of cases in east Jackson involving voyeurism and sexual battery.

Four known cases in all have all occurred in close proximity to E. Kelly Ave. In two of the cases, females were touched in a sexual manner by persons unknown to them while in their homes.

In another case a female was followed in the dark and then approached by a male, a stranger, who grabbed at her purse. The victim retained her purse and escaped by sprinting away.

In the most recent case, a father of a woman residing at a home in town noticed a male outside of the window. The father told investigators he believed the male looking in the window was masturbating. The witness yelled at the male who then ran away.

Andy Cavallaro, director of the Community Safety Network, confirmed for Buckrail an increase in similar cases.

“We are seeing an increase in victims of sexual assaults seeking support from CSN,” Cavallaro stated. “[Keep in mind] only a small fraction of these victims actually report the assault. Every 73 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted.”

The alleged incidents are reminiscent of a late-night prowler in east Jackson back in 2013. No one was ever arrested in connection with a spate of break-ins and sexual assaults seven years ago.

Police are asking residents of the east Jackson neighborhood to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to report any suspicious activity, particularly after dark. The police department would also like to remind residents to keep their homes and vehicles locked at all times.

Anyone with any information about these cases or any other similar case is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Russ Ruschill or Detective Jason Figueroa at the police department at (307) 733-1430 or TCSO dispatch at (307) 733-2331.

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