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Police investigating report that pirate pulled down woman's blouse during Gasparilla parade and stamped her breast

The woman told police the man was wearing a pirate hat, facial paint and dark sunglasses.
Thousands of people line the streets of Bayshore Blvd to watch the 2019 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Saturday. Tampa police are investigating after a woman reported that a man dressed in pirate garb pulled down her blouse and used an ink stamp to mark her breast.
Published Jan. 29

TAMPA — Police are investigating after a woman reported that a man dressed in pirate garb pulled down her blouse and stamped her breast with ink during Saturday's Gasparilla Parade of Pirates.

The woman told police an unidentified man used his hand to pull down her blouse, exposing her right breast, and then used an ink stamp to mark her breast, Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said in an email.

The woman provided investigators with the name and phone number of a friend who witnessed the incident, Hegarty said. The woman also posted an account of the incident on her Facebook page and a photograph of the man she says groped her. The man is wearing a pirate hat, facial paint and dark sunglasses and appeared to be marching in the parade.

Police say the man identified on the woman's Facebook page reached out to the woman through Facebook, gave her a phone number and asked her to call him. The woman gave that number to police and investigators were working to reach the man, Hegarty said.

The Tampa Bay Times is not publishing the woman's name because of the nature of the allegations.

Contact Tony Marrero at tmarrero@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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