On March 11, 2015, Texarkana Police received a complaint from a citizen who had been approached on the Nix Creek trail by a young black male who propositioned her for sexual acts and physically touched her. A police report was taken, and an investigation was initiated by the TAPD CID.
Within days, another victim was identified who also described the same type of encounter while the victim jogged along the Nix Creek trail. On Friday May 22, 2015, a third complaint was reported to the police department, and it was determined that this incident had taken place not on the trail, but nearby. Using several different surveillance techniques in place at the time of the incidents, Detective Sergeant James Atchley was able to isolate a probable suspect in those areas when the incidents occurred, wearing articles described by the victims and matching the physical descriptions given.
On Saturday evening, May 23, 2015, Det. Sgt. Atchley was in the area of Nix Creek when he encountered the young black male who he believed had committed these acts. The black male was then identified and determined to be 14 years old. He was later interviewed in CID by Investigators Wayne Easley and Jason Haak. During this interview the juvenile confessed to these and other crimes involving sexual acts on and around the Nix Creek trail. The juvenile suspect was charged with the following acts, Sexual Assault 2nd degree, Attempted Sexual Assault 2nd Degree, Public Sexual Indecency, and Indecent Exposure (2 counts). One other victim was identified through the investigative process and it is believed that there could be others. Anyone who believes they have been a victim to this type crime is encouraged to contact Det. Wayne Easley at (903) 798-3154.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.