Man arrested for unwanted sexual advances

The suspect approached several women, one of whom was shopping.
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Police arrested a suspect in multiple incidents of sexual misconduct after he crashed his car and attempted to leave the scene, a Columbia Police Department news release stated.

Police located the suspect, later identified as Lorne Beers, near Providence Road and Broadway on Tuesday at about noon after receiving multiple reports of sexual misconduct from Mexico, Mo. and Columbia on March 29.

Earlier in the day, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a report of sexual assault at a Walmart in Mexico involving the same suspect.

A 24-year-old Mexico resident told police a man approached her while she was shopping, a Mexico Public Safety Department news release stated. She told police he touched the outside of her clothing in an inappropriate manner and made lewd comments. He then left the store, the report stated.

At 12:06 p.m. Columbia Police Department officers responded to a sexual misconduct report on East Broadway when a victim reported Beers came into the business, touched her and made inappropriate sexual statements.

Minutes later, the same officer was advised of a nearby sexual misconduct report, the CPD news release stated. A female victim reported Beers jumped out of his car while she was walking from work to her vehicle, chased her around the car, tried to grab her and made an inappropriate sexual statement. She provided officers with a license plate number matching Beers’.

At 12:11 p.m. an officer was dispatched to an accident on Broadway and Williams Street, when the suspect passed a victim’s car and struck the left panel. The operator of the vehicle did not stop at the scene and continued driving. The accident involved the same vehicle matching the license plate provided by the previous victim.

A witness of the accident followed the suspect vehicle and then witnessed a second accident involving Beers. At 12:14 p.m., Beers drove through a steady red light at the intersection of Broadway and Providence Road. Beers struck a vehicle proceeding through the intersection, the news release stated.

“According to the victim, he just got out of the car and walked away from the vehicles,” CPD spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

Officers located Beers, who was taken to CPD and then transported to University Hospital. CPD could not say why he was in the hospital, but did not have any injuries that CPD was aware of, Stroer said.

Beers was arrested after his release from the hospital Friday after he confessed to committing all of the crimes. None of the victims in the sexual misconduct or automobile accident cases were injured.

“Once we located him and talked to him, he was saying that he had done the same thing in Mexico,” Stroer said. “He involved himself in all of those crimes in Columbia and Mexico.”

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