A woman was shopping at a Michaels store when she was assaulted in one of the aisles by a man who started to kiss her on her neck.
Police want people to take a good look at a surveillance picture and hope someone can help identify the kissing criminal.
A trip to the store for some arts and crafts at Michaels in the Summit Woods Shopping Center turned out to be much more than what one customer bargained for. Police said the woman in her 40s was approached by a man with casual flirting at first.
"I think it started off with a comment about her hairstyle and perfume. It probably caught her off guard, that was her first clue, but she didn't think much of it," Sgt. Chris Depue with the Lee's Summit Police Department said.
The woman ignored the man's advances and continued shopping. Moments later the man grabbed her from behind and wouldn't let go.
"Then it quickly escalated into more sexual comments, lewd comments and were direct comments. Right now, right here-type comments - so that's what got her concerned. Then when he reached out and grabbed her, obviously that put her on high alert and she disengaged from him," Depue said.
Police said the surveillance picture is a goldmine.
"It's a very distinct picture, very distinct facial hair pattern, the hat backwards, somebody definitely knows who that is, we just need them to pick up the phone and give us a call so we can get him identified," Depue said.
Detectives believe someone should be able to recognize the suspect right away and they urge them to call with a name.
"Originally we circulated our surveillance photos amongst law enforcement to see if anyone had contact with this person. When that was unsuccessful, we're going out to the public to see if they can, number one, identify our suspect and, number two, make sure we don't have other victims that may have seen him that day in the store and will be able to help us out," Depue said.
The victim didn't want to talk about the assault with the media, but police said she was able to get a look at the car the suspect drove off in and reported it was a newer model black Hyundai SUV.
With the Thanksgiving and Christmas season shopping just a few weeks away, police want to make sure the man doesn't have a chance to try this again.
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