Police searching for man accused of groping woman, exposing himself to another

Charleston police are investigating two incidents they believe are connected, involving the groping of a woman in one case and genital exposure in another.

The first incident occurred about 7:10 p.m. Saturday in the area of 149 Smith St, according to a Wednesday media release.

A victim reported walking her dog north on Smith Street, toward Radcliffe Street, when the suspect — described as a black male, approximately 6-feet, wearing a black beanie and glasses — approached her and asked to pet her dog.

The suspect then grabbed the victim’s genital area and walked off, the release states.

The second incident occurred at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 80 Pitt St. A different victim was walking north on Pitt Street, from Duncan Street, when an unknown black male — described as between 30- and 40-years-old, 5-feet 10-inches and 6-feet tall, with a large build wearing glasses — walked behind her and began to talk to her.

When she turned around, the suspect exposed himself to her, according to the release.

The Charleston Police Department and College of Charleston Public Safety are investigating the two reported crimes. Anyone with information can call the Charleston Police Department at 720-2418 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.