Paragould store warns residents of suspicious man

Police Searching For A Sex Offender That Solicited Sexual Favors From a Paragould Abilities Unlimited Employee
Richard Whitaker (Source: Paragould Police Department)
Richard Whitaker (Source: Paragould Police Department)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The owners of Abilities Unlimited are warning Paragould residents to be on the lookout for a suspicious man.

According to a Paragould Police Department incident report, Cpl. Reid Coin responded to Abilities Unlimited around 1:37 p.m. Tuesday.

He talked to an employee who said a man that was about 5'10" with dark brown hair came into the store. The employee estimated the man was in his 50s.

The man went up to the employee and "was acting a little funny," according to the report.

He asked the employee if a man named Shaider worked there. The employee said no one by that name was at the store.

The man then said he was supposed to "meet him there to fool around for $20."

The employee said the man then asked him if he needed $20.

The post on Abilities Unlimited's Facebook page said the man asked for sexual favors also.

The incident report states the man left the store in a gold Alero.

Brad Snyder with the Paragould Police Department told Region 8 News they do believe the man from this incident is a sex offender they are searching for.

If you know where police can find Richard Whitaker, contact the Paragould Police Department at 870-236-7621.

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