Friday, July 13, 2012

Jack the Gripper

Jack the Gripper, Serial hugger 'Jack the Gripper' may face criminal charges, A Saint Louis man's alleged attempts to hug complete strangers may end in third-degree assault charges after multiple women complained to police about the embraces. The suspect — dubbed "Jack the Gripper" by Riverfront Times writer Jessica Lussenhop — would allegedly approach women and say some variation of "Hi, remember me? I lived down the street in the corner house. How ya been?" before delivering the sinister squeezes.

“Jack The Gripper,” Alleged Serial Hugger, Could Face Charges, When does a hug become a crime?

One alleged serial hugger nicknamed "Jack the Gripper" is accused of pretending to know women and tricking them into giving him a hug, according to ABC News.

Now Missouri prosecutors are trying to determine if the accusations made by 36 women against the 44-year-old man amount to a criminal offense.

"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."

Broughton told the Riverfront Times that the suspect was identified after one of his victims took down his license plate and police looked at security tapes from a local supermarket where the alleged hugger had committed some of his questionable embraces. Broughton also said a victim out of Des Peres picked him out of a photo lineup.

Jezebel nicely sums up the ambiguities of serial-hugging.

"He's banking on the razor-thin line between being friendly and being harassed. Will it save him from prosecutors?"

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