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Posted on: February 19, 2016

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: Cedar Hill Police seek help in child assaults

On 2/16/16 we were contacted regarding assault reports involving two 7-year-old
male victims. The offenses occurred at the apartment complex located at 151 E.
Little Creek Rd.

We want our community to know that our efforts remain focused on quickly identifying and
arresting the person responsible for these offenses.

Additional tips were received over the weekend and our detectives are working through
those leads now to assist in the identification process. A part of the investigation
includes efforts to review previous incidents, including those from other jurisdictions,
for any similarities, looking through sex offender registration records, and conducting
interviews which may assist in identifying a suspect. These steps are often time
consuming but necessary to the investigative process.

We’re asking parents to take time to talk to their children about strangers. If they are
confronted by someone they don’t know who may offer them candy, money, or
interesting videos, let them know it’s OK to say "no" and runaway. Tell them to run to
someone they do know like a teacher, a police officer, or a friend.

Additionally, we’re asking parents to please pay attention to who is playing with and around their children. If you see someone you don’t recognize, please don’t hesitate to contact 911.

In this case, the suspect description remains as follows:
• African American male
• Heavy set
• “Wavy” hair
• Wearing “church” shoes (nice dress shoes)
• Driving a silver/gray car
Since last week, we have increased our patrol presence in the area. We have also
asked our community partners, the Cedar Hill All Pro Dads and Citizens On Patrol
volunteers, to take an active role by increasing their presence in and around the area.
We are also working closely with the Cedar Hill Independent School District Police
Department to keep them informed of our continued investigative efforts.

Our detectives are working vigorously to identify this suspect and prevent any further
incidents from occurring. Cedar Hill is a safe city and these types of crimes are
uncommon. We’re asking anyone with information to please contact Detective
Michael Hernandez at 972-291-5181 x2514

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Colin Chenault, Lieutenant
Public Information Officer
972.291.5181 x2069
colin.chenault@cedarhilltx.com

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