Police are looking for a home intruder in Jackson after a man reported to police that he and his girlfriend noticed several misplaced personal items in her residence and found a sexually explicit note by her door.
The Jackson Police Department investigations unit is working on the case, according to a press release.
The woman, a West Jackson resident, was with her boyfriend in her residence when they “heard noises outside the bedroom that were not characteristic to the home,” the press release states.
Police found that a person entered the residence through an open window by removing a screen in front of it. The person might have roamed around the house while the couple was upstairs, the press release states.
The two people in the residence never saw the intruder, Jackson police Lt. Russ Ruschill said.
“We just have physical evidence and the handwriting sample [from the note] to suggest that there was somebody in the house and that they had a sexual motivation,” Lt. Ruschill continued.
There is likely no link between this suspect and the “East Jackson prowler,” who police believe was sexually targeting women in unlocked East Jackson houses in the past, according to Lt. Ruschill.
“We don’t have any reason to believe at this time that [the two cases] are tied together, other than the fact that there was a person entering a home with a seemingly sexual motivation,” Lt. Ruschill said.
While the East Jackson prowler likely targeted strangers’ homes, Lt. Ruschill said, this event was probably less random.
Lt. Ruschill said he encourages Jackson residents to lock their homes at night, even though Jackson remains relatively safe.
Police may offer an award to people who can contribute information about the event. They encourage residents to contact Jackson Crimestoppers at 307-733-5148 or the Jackson Police Department at 307-733-2331.