Man sexually abused three teens at Beckley department store, police say
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Police on Thursday arrested a Beckley man accused of inappropriately touching three teenage girls inside an area store.
Henry Timberlake Duncan, 35, was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse in connection to an incident on Monday at Kohl's department store along North Eisenhower Drive in Beckley.
The three teenage girls told police that an unknown man brushed up beside them and grabbed their behinds while they shopped inside the store with their parents, according to a criminal complaint filed in Raleigh County Magistrate Court. Employees tried to stop the man, but he ran from the store before police arrived.
Images from the store's security cameras were sent to county police agencies and multiple officers recognized the suspect as Duncan, according to the complaint. Police also received several tips identifying Duncan after the suspect's images were shown on local TV news stations.
On Wednesday night, Beckley Police Officer M.G. Bragg went to Duncan's apartment to investigate and met Duncan's girlfriend's adult daughter, who allegedly also identified Duncan from the security images.
The woman gave police Duncan's white coat, which matched the coat the suspect wore inside the department store, according to the complaint. Police searched the apartment and say they found more clothing matching the suspect.
Duncan turned himself in to police Thursday morning. He was being held Thursday afternoon in Southern Regional Jail without bail.