January 24, 2002 09:36pm
Serial Kisser Nabbed After Year Long Spree
(TORONTO, CANADA) -- A 56 year old Canadian man, accused of planting hugs and kisses on unsuspecting pedestrians, will likely face a slew of sexual assault charges, police say.
Police said the man had scuttled about the city over the past year striking up conversations with people on the street. The man, whom police described as well-dressed, allegedly directed his unwanted affection toward women and young boys.
He allegedly complimented people, offered a handshake and would then pull them in and plop a kiss on their lips while enfolding them in a bear hug.
"We see all kinds but this type of behaviour is very strange," Detective Sergeant Dave Perry said. "I don't know why he was doing this."
The law finally caught up with the man, dubbed the "crazy kisser" by the media, after he hugged a woman who called the police before he left the area.
"There's no doubt in my mind that we'll be laying many, many more charges against him," Perry said.
The suspect appeared in court on Thursday and faces up to nine charges of sexual assault over the incidents which began in November, 2001.