Flashing Victim Helps Catch Suspected Sex Offender
Wednesday, October 19th 2005, 5:15 pm
By: News On 6
Cops say he flashed her, and she helped nab him.
News on Six crime reporter Lori Fullbright says now she's one of the key reasons officers quickly caught a dangerous sex offender.
Miranda says she never expected she'd be thrust into the middle of a criminal investigation.
She was minding her own business, going to do a little shopping when she saw a half-naked man headed right toward her.
Miranda, Flashing Victim: "I see a man walking toward me, kinda creepy, wearing black shoes, black socks and a T-shirt, flashing me, doing this."
Miranda went inside and told the loss prevention officer at JC Penney.
They went back outside and the man was hiding between cars so the officer called 911 and gave chase.
A second woman witnessed the flasher jump into a car and got his tag number.
Miranda filed a report with mall security and went about her shopping.
"The next night, I was having dinner with my kids and family and told my friend and she said he's done that to four or five other people. I called my grandma and said watch Channel Six to see if it's on the news and she said it was so I immediately called crimestoppers."
That call started the ball rolling.
She'd left her name so a detective called her back the next day, which was Friday, September 30th.
"I go on Saturday and file a report with him and do a photo line-up and by 10:00PM, they have him."
Sex crimes detectives arrested Brian Lowery and say in addition to the six victims he had contact with that one night, he's now charged with several other similar crimes, dating back to July.
Police say his attacks got more and more violent and had it not been for Miranda and the other woman, they might not have found him when they did.