ST. LOUIS, MO – St. Louis police released photos Thursday of a man wanted for exposing himself to at least two children at South St. Louis schools.
St. Louis Metropolitan Police are searching for the man who exposed himself to at least two children at the schools. Detectives say it happened in two schools in its second district on Oct. 14 and Oct. 20.
The man is described as being in his 20s or 30s with long dreadlocks with brownish-red tips.
A surveillance photo released by police showed him in a red pullover and plaid pants. He was last seen in a dark-colored Chevy Cruz with tinted windows and a temp tag, according to police.
The Second District includes the neighborhoods of Botanical Gardens, Cheltenham, Clayton/Tamm, Clifton Heights, Ellendale, Forest Park, Forest Park Southeast, Franz Park, Hi-Point, Kings Oak, Lindenwood Park, McRee Town, North Hampton, Shaw, Southwest Garden, St. Louis Hills, The Hill, Tiffany, Tower Grove Park, Tower Grove South, Wilmore Park, Wydown/Skinker and portions of South Hampton.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police released a statement on its Twitter page asking the public for help identifying the suspect:
“Our Juvenile Div. needs help identifying this suspect & vehicle for trespassing and sexual misconduct. He exposed himself to children outside of schools in the 2nd Dist. on 10/14 & 10/20.”
Our Juvenile Div. needs help identifying this suspect & vehicle for trespassing and sexual misconduct. He exposed himself to children outside of schools in the 2nd Dist. on 10/14 & 10/20. Anyone w/info, call @STLRCS @ 866-371-TIPS (8477) or 314.444.5327. https://t.co/aTIscP1QtD pic.twitter.com/y6bW8BxnXF
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) October 21, 2021
The suspect in the photo is wanted for trespassing and sexual misconduct.
According to local media reports, police did not specify which schools the man exposed himself at, but the St. Louis Public School District told News 4 the first incident occurred at Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction and the man made his way inside the building.
In a second incident, police said the man was outside an unnamed school at the time of the exposure. St. Louis Public Schools confirmed it was not one of its schools.
Tamara Taylor has a daughter who goes to Mallinckrod. She commented on the incidents:
“It makes me more concerned because obviously he has an investment in this area. I had just come to pick her up right after it happened, so I was there when part of the confusion was going on, but she didn’t see anything, so I was grateful for that.
“Parents always go up to the front door where there’s a camera and they ring us in so, you know, it’s usually pretty secure. So, I think this person was definitely adamant and wanted to get in there.”
Norma Rhodes, a South St. Louis resident, told Fox 2 Now:
“It is concerning and hopefully somebody will recognize him soon and identify him and he’ll be caught.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the Juvenile Division at 314-444-5327. Anyone with a tip who wants to remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward can contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
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St. Louis became the murder capital of America in 2020, with homicides increasing nearly 30%
October 7, 2021
ST. LOUIS, MO– The FBI recently released its 2020 U.S. crime rate figures, and the numbers show that homicides in the country rose nearly 30% in just one year. St. Louis City reportedly has the highest murder rate out of cities in the U.S., according to the report.
St. Louis City had 263 homicides in 2020 with a homicide rate of 87 per 100,000 people.
The city’s homicide rates in 2020 hit second place, a 50-year high, only narrowly missing the all-time high record of 267 total homicides set back in 1993.
As Law Enforcement Today recently reported, in 2020, there were more than 21,000 murders recorded, up 4,901 from the previous year and the highest number since the 1960s.
According to FBI statistics, overall violent crime, which includes murders, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, rose by 5.6% while property crimes decreased by almost 8%.
They defunded the police. Now FBI data shows a significant increase in murders nationally in 2020. https://t.co/En357Xpf1o
— Amelia (@Karrasamelia5) September 30, 2021
The FBI based their findings off of information that they received from almost 16,000 out of the 18,000 state and local law enforcement organizations throughout the country.
Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri- St. Louis, points out that while the homicide and violent crime rate are up, those crimes are rare. He stressed it is important to note the rate of other, more common crimes dropped, FOX2Now reported.
St. Louis has highest murder rate in U.S. in 2020; other crimes decreasing https://t.co/Df1rgUE2Zf
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) September 30, 2021
According to the FBI’s data, non-violent crimes such as property crimes, continued to fall nationally, dropping in St. Louis as well, with a 6.3% decrease.
Fox2Now reported that Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri- St. Louis, says Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, and St. Louis are often the cities with the highest homicide rates in a year.
According to the latest FBI data in the Crime Data Explorer system, St. Louis has the highest murder rate among those cities. The New York Times also reported St. Louis had the highest murder rate in the country.
|City||Murders in 2020||Population in 2020||Murder Rate in 2020|
|New Orleans||201||383,997||52/100,000 people|
|St. Louis||263||301,578||87/100,000 people|
Data according to FBI Crime Data Explore database and U.S. Census Bureau
*Other reports state Baltimore City had 335 homicides with a murder rate of 57/100,000
As you may recall, St. Louis was one of the major cities calling for the defunding of police, so it comes as no surprise that even with homicide rates being so high in the city, the mayor, Mayor Tishaura Jones, feels as though creating a larger police presence in the downtown area is not the answer to address concerns over violent crime.
FBI stats show a 30% spike in crime rates after defunding the police. New York is now recalling the police and the budget is set to increase. Whether it be covid with 300k deaths under Biden's watch or crime spike Democrats only mourn. No solution. https://t.co/ShakpTyyu7
— Krishna Hari (@krishnahariwr) October 6, 2021
Several other cities that pushed to defund their police departments, such as Detroit, also have a high violent crime rate according to the FBI’s figures.
The Detroit News calculated the following data when it comes to the most violent crime rates in the U.S.:
|City||Number of Violent Crimes in 2020||Rate per 100,000 people|
|Little Rock, AR||3,657||1,805.11|
|South Bend, IN||1,765||1,706|
|Kansas City, MO||7,919||1,558|
One may wonder how St. Louis will address their violent crime issue considering the Mayor does not feel police are necessary.
Mayor Jones said that in order to address crime in the city, it would require community members, local nonprofits and corporations to also join the discussion and bring forth suggestions that can positively impact the community.
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