Suspect faces allegations of molesting and harassing women on Kewannee Trail in Seminole County

Seminole County, Fla. witnessed the arrest of a man on Sunday, who stands accused of molesting and harassing women along Kewannee Trail, as reported by the sheriff’s office. Deputies quickly responded to Flaming Arrow Court in Casselberry on Friday at approximately 9:01 a.m. following reports of a “suspicious incident” that occurred along the nearby trail. Further investigation revealed that the incident involved a woman who had been walking on the trail, where she encountered a man with a Spanish accent who greeted her with “Hi mami,” according to deputies.

The woman continued walking, but she suddenly felt the man’s hand on her breast, and he proceeded to grab her buttocks through her clothing, stated the sheriff’s office. Undeterred, she managed to distance herself from the man, expressing to him the inappropriateness of his actions. The man quickly apologized, claiming he underestimated the woman’s reaction, and subsequently walked away in the direction of Kewannee Park.

On Sunday, Casselberry police received a report at around 7:18 a.m. about a battery incident that occurred in the same area. According to the arrest report, the victim in this case recounted that she too had been walking on the trail when an unidentified man stopped in front of her and touched her breast. In shock, she confronted the man, questioning whether he had touched her. The man swiftly denied any involvement.

Testimony from a witness revealed that a man had approached her on the trail, grabbing himself and making explicit remarks, such as “Do you want some of this?” This witness, concerned and taken aback, questioned the man about his behavior while notifying him of her intentions to contact law enforcement. Disregarding her warning, the witness observed the man subsequently approaching the victim.

Authorities were ultimately able to identify the man in connection with both incidents. Dakota Thompson, 27, was apprehended while walking along the trail. Thompson disclosed that he had been living out of his car parked at a Wawa convenience store and admitted to traversing the trail three times since his time spent in the vicinity of the establishment. The last known instance of Thompson being on the Kewannee Trail occurred several months prior to his arrest.

Due to his alleged actions, Thompson faces charges of battery and battery on a person aged 65 or older. Currently, he is being held on bond for $8,500. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Casselberry Police Department worked jointly on the investigation.

As reports of such incidents continue to raise concern among local residents, it remains crucial for law enforcement agencies to address public safety and provide additional resources to ensure the well-being of individuals utilizing public trails. Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

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