The man — identified as a white male possibly in his 50s — followed the victim, 65, in the Walmart parking lot, parking directly in front of the victim about 2 p.m., according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. Video surveillance showed the man exit his car, tamper with the tire on the victim’s vehicle before entering the store.
Authorities say the man followed the female into the store and then returned to his car to await her return.
The woman told deputies the man stopped her as she backed out of her parking spot, saying she had a flat tire. Although the suspect was “very intimidating,” the victim exited her vehicle and confirmed the tire was flat.
According to the report, the suspect offered to change the tire using the victim’s spare. When the woman attempted to remove the tire, the suspect made lewd comments, embarrassing the woman to the point she had the man remove the spare.
Once the tire was changed, the man again began making inappropriate comments about the female. According to the report, the woman attempted to leave, with the man approaching her window to either try to offer his number or get hers.
The victim said she became concerned after a local tire shop told her the tire went flat because the valve stem was removed.
BCSO Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said it appeared — based on video — the suspect did not follow the victim to the store but began following her once there.
This may not be the first such incident involving the suspect.
“It’s possible [the suspect has done this before]. It seemed like he had a plan,” Rogers said.
Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 770-382-5050, extension 6030.