Tricky Hugger May Face Charges
Prosecutors in Missouri are attempting to determine if charges are warranted against a man accused of tricking women into hugging him.
The man, nicknamed” Jack the Gripper,” approaches women asking them if they remember him from their neighborhood. He then gives them a quick hug before they realize that they don’t know him.
“He’d say, ‘Hi, remember me? I lived down the street in the corner house. How ya been?'” Des Peres, Mo., Detective Marshall Broughton said. “Obviously [the women] didn’t remember him, but he did it so quickly and convincingly that they felt embarrassed that they didn’t know him.”
One victim discribed her experience to the Daily Riverfront Times.
“All I could do was stand in shock after the hug was given becuz [sic] I had nothing else in mind as to what to do to get away from him. The man ur [sic] looking for has a more round face not skinny but not over weight hourly in his forties and a light shade of brown in hair color. Don’t know if that helps but I hope someone catches him soon,” the woman wrote.
One of his alleged victims wrote down his license plate number and gave it to police.
It is up to prosecutors to decide if the hugs qualify as assault or as nothing more than friendly gestures.
Formal charges of 3rd degree assault are pending with the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.