Gainesville police searching for molester
Gainesville police are searching for a man charged with breaking into a home and molesting a 14-year-old girl early Thursday morning.
Officers began searching for 24-year-old Kenneth Smith after a 14-year-old girl approached an officer stationed at the Gainesville Police Department’s east annex on 8th avenue a little after 1 a.m., hysterically crying.
A previous mugshot of Kenneth Smith.
She told the officer she had run from her house on NE 12th street, where she’d been staying alone, after a man broke in through the rear window and molested her.
She told officers she was able to escape when the man became distracted by a ringing cell phone.
The victim had seen the man in the neighborhood before. Officers were able to identify him after canvassing the neighborhood. Smith also has an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
If you have any information that could help GPD capture Smith, please contact GPD Detectives at 393-7670, or 911 if you see Smith. You can also make an anonymous tip by texting keyword “GPDFL” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).
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