Dothan Police Search for Sexual Predator

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UPDATE: 6:15 P.M.

Residents speak out about the investigation into three kidnapping incidents at Dothan mobile home parks.

“We’re in shock. This is not a normal situation we have to deal with out here. We are family oriented, safe place,” said Kim Knall, property manager at Pointe South Mobile Home Park. “We are very concerned for the family that is affected by this.”

LaDon Cosby has lived in that same neighborhood for more than a year.

He said, “I was kind of shocked that it would take place here. This is one of the nicer mobile home parks in Dothan, which is one of the reasons we chose to live. My heart goes out to the family affected. It can happen to anybody, anywhere.”

Another Dothan parent, who didn’t want to be named, added, “That scares me. The idea of waking up in the middle of the night and someone coming into my house and sexually assaulting my kids.”

Dothan Police Sergeant Maurice Eggleston offered parents some advice.

“If you get up to get a drink of water take a lap around the house. Make sure everything is in order. Everything is secure. Make it difficult for these types of people to get into your home,” said Eggleston.

Also, he said if your child sees something out of the ordinary, teach them to start yelling and screaming immediately.

Investigators request that anyone with information call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 334-793-793-7000 or text 'DACS' and your tip to CRIME (274637).

Police also ask that anyone who has experienced break-ins or attempted break-ins that have not reported to the police to call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000,

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UPDATE: 1:30 PM

News 4's Devon Sellers spoke with parents and people who live in these mobile home parks today.

You can hear their reaction and what they're doing to protect their family tonight on the evening news.

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The Dothan Police Department, Houston County Sheriff's Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation continue their presence in the community today as they talk to residents about the kidnapping and sexual assault of two young girls and the attempted kidnapping of a third that have all occurred within the last 2 ½ months.

Investigators are requesting your help in identifying the man responsible for these incidents.

In the middle of the night on Friday, September 6, a young girl was asleep in her bed in the Garden Estates Trailer Park on Hodgesville Road when a man grabbed her and took her out of her home.

He took the girl to an unknown location where he sexually assaulted her and then returned her to her home.

Police believed this was an isolated incident until they received a report of an attempted abduction of a young girl from the Lavista Trailer Park on Denton Road on Friday, October 4.

The young girl was sleeping in her Lavista Trailer Park home when a man grabbed her and attempted to take her away from her home.

The girl's father was awakened by his daughter's scream, causing the suspect to run away from the scene.

The investigation of these two incidents was ongoing when a third girl was kidnapped from her bed in the Pointe South Mobile Estates last Sunday, November 17.

She was sexually assaulted and later returned to her home by the offender.

Police believe that someone in the community may know the man responsible for these incidents and request the community's help in identifying this offender who may meet some or all of the following characteristics:

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic male with short hair and some facial hair. He was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket, dark colored pants and brown work boots.

The man may have access to a 4-door Nissan passenger car.

The man who committed these crimes was absent from other obligations (e.g. home/work) or had a reason for being out in the middle of the night on Friday, September 6; Friday, October 4; and Saturday, November 17.

The man is familiar with and comfortable in Garden Estates Trailer Park on Hodgesville Road.

Police ask that anyone who has experienced break-ins or attempted break-ins that have not been reported to the police to call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.

Investigators request that anyone with information call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.

Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 334-793-7000 or text 'DACS' and your tip to CRIME (274637).

Police also ask that anyone who has experienced break-ins or attempted break-ins that have not reported to the police to call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.


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