KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A man faces charges after thrusting his face into the buttocks of multiple women in Kernersville, according to arrest warrants.
Stefan Ryan Shuford was arrested on multiple counts of assault on a female and sexual battery, according to a press release from Kernersville police.
Police investigated three reports of a man inappropriately touching women in the 900 and 1100 blocks of South Main Street and 300 block of N. Main Street area on Friday.
Police say all incidents happened in areas where people were shopping. One of the 911 callers said Shuford followed her in a parking lot and inside a store.
Shuford is accused of sneaking up behind women and thrusting his face into their buttocks. In some of the cases, he’s also accused of licking them.
A victim spoke to FOX8 off-camera on Monday. She said she was shopping inside Walmart when Shuford crawled up behind her and assaulted her. She started yelling and he ran off.
The assault victim was doing well on Monday, but was disgusted by the situation.
Shuford was jailed in Forsyth County under a $50,000 secured bond.
On Monday, Shuford’s attorney told a judge in court his client suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. A representative with the district attorneys office said he is a danger to society.
A community relations officer with Kernersville police recommends people be alert.
“In this situation, there may not have been anything that the victims could have done differently,” Officer Blake Jones said. “Just in general, what you can do before you park your car is start looking at who is around you. When you walk into a store, see if people are following you… see if anyone has taken an interest or a notice in you personally, that is going to be you're number one indicator. “
Anyone with any information can call Kernersville police at (336) 996-3177.