Police: Man enters women’s restroom, asks for help finding a sexual assault victim

Click here to view this article on the Statesman –March 16, 2017

Police say a man went into the women’s restroom at a Central Austin store Tuesday evening and asked for help finding a victim to sexually assault.

According to the affidavit, 43-year-old Tommy Lee Kinsey went in the women’s restroom at Five Below on Barbara Jordan Blvd. and asked a woman for help finding a victim.

The woman in the restroom told police Kinsey appeared to be under the influence of drugs and that he specifically told her he had a date rape drug with him.

Police arrived at the store and said Kinsey had locked himself in the women’s restroom stall. After opening the locked door, police found Kinsey sitting on the floor by the toilet, with a cigarette lighter and cloth bag in his hands and a pocket knife clipped to his pants.

Police said Kinsey ignored their commands to place his hands behind his back, so one of the officers pushed Kinsey to the ground and handcuffed him.

Another officer noticed an item caught in the bowl of the toilet that turned out to be an aluminum can with traces of heroin. Police then found a needle in the cloth bag Kinsey had been holding.

Kinsey was arrested Tuesday and booked into Travis County Jail. He has been charged with unlawful restraint and tampering with physical evidence. His bail was set at $50,000.

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