Suspect targets young girls on Treasure Coast

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (WFLX)-- An 11-year-old girl talks about the terrifying moment when she saw the face of a total stranger, a grown man looking into her bedroom in the middle of the night.

"He was banging on the window really hard. I put my light on and I saw him peeking," she said.

The girl ran to her mom's bedroom.

But she is not the only young girl being terrorized by a stranger.

There have been other incidents in the last few weeks of a prowler trying to break into windows of young girls.

And then, a suspect matching a similar description driving around the neighborhood in the area of Vendome, Globe and Carmody streets exposing himself to girls walking home from school.

The incidents are all with-in a half mile radius of each other starting with the man approaching the girls in his vehicle.

"He asked the girls some more questions, the girls noticed some sexually inappropriate behavior. The vehicle drove off and the girls ran home," said Port St. Lucie Police Detective Joseph Norkus.

A composite picture was created based on what the girls say the suspect looks like, a heavyset black male with short black hair, a goatee and gold caps on his teeth.

The 11-year-old girl's mother says the whole family is scared.

"My daughters had to sleep in my room with us. We had to buy alarms for the windows," she said.

The mother of another young victim says the entire neighborhood feels targeted.

"That's my biggest fear, of her being kidnapped, of what he would do if he got into her bedroom. If he's listening, If you come into my house I am not responsible for what happens," said the mother.

Police are also trying to figure out if a similar case in unincorporated areas of St. Lucie County and Martin County are related. They say a suspect followed female victims to their driveways and then exposed himself.

If you know anything, you are urged to call Port St. Lucie Police detective Joseph Norkus at 772-879-3341.