Police search for man claiming to be 'celebrity trainer'

Police search for man claiming to be 'celebrity trainer'
Travis Mims (Source: Paragould Police Dept.)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Police release information following a viral Facebook post in Paragould telling women to watch out for a man.

Detective Michael Oost says police were made aware of a man harassing women around Peak Fitness, 123 W. Court St., on Tuesday morning.

Oost says the man has been identified as Travis Mims of Paragould.

Witnesses told police Mims claims to be a celebrity trainer and later "speaks inappropriately towards them."

A post showing the man went viral on Facebook describing one woman's encounter.

"I got out of there real quick and it made me think, 'I really need to take a picture, what if he comes back?' I have a lot of women who come here everyday and we have classes and they are always in and out," Richardson said.

Richardson said she posted the encounter to warn others. She had no idea several other women had the same encounter.

"The moment I sent it multiple people had texted me and said he has confronted them at Walmart and downtown," Richardson said.

In addition, police say Mims has harassed female employees at Belk, 2415 Kingshighway. A police report states Mims went into the store in recent days and "talked dirty" to employees.

He is also accused of talking about the "size of his sexual organs and offering to show it to them," according to the police report.

Belk employees did not press charges, but Mims was banned from the property.

Oost says police are searching for Mims after receiving additional complaints.

"He has said it to a lot of women and then there had been people that said he has followed teenage daughters around and that just makes it scary," Richardson said. "I have younger girls that come to classes and they need to be aware of that."

Richardson said she is glad the post created a conversation and got women to come to the police with their story.

"It really got a lot bigger than I thought, but it was just to bring awareness, which I am glad now since there are so many stories," Richardson said.

If you have had an encounter with Mims or know where he may be, call Paragould police at 870-236-7621 or contact the Street Crimes Unit at 870-239-7559.

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