Heights-area serial groper possibly caught on video

A man police say could be a suspect in a series of assaults in the Heights was caught recently on a home surveillance camera.

Video shows a man approaching a woman and her baby last week, then turning to run away

Photo: NextDoor.com

According to a post by the woman on Nextdoor.com, the man lunged toward her and muttered "I just need to ..." before fleeing. She was walking on 12th Street between Harvard and Cortland Feb. 16.

"I immediately started screaming for him to get away from me," the woman wrote on Nextdoor.com. Her posts have prompted several other women to describe similar experiences in the area.

One Nextdoor post from another Heights-area woman said a man grabbed her buttocks on Ninth Street before turning and running away.

In other posts, women shared images of police reports they filed after being assaulted. A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department said a possible suspect has been identified in assaults on Heights streets and along the Heights hike-and-bike trail. HPD urged any other victims to contact them at 713-308-8800.

The man in the video has dark hair, a medium build, a mustache, and a goatee. Several victims have said the man who assaulted them appeared to be younger than 40.

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