Detective Lena Hicks named HPOU Investigator of the Month

The HPOU honored Detective Lena Hicks as Investigator of the Month in the January general membership meeting for her work identifying and charging a male sex predator with two felonies.

Detective Hicks was assigned an attempted Aggravated Kidnapping of a 12-year-old juvenile female that occurred at Memorial Park. The juvenile complainant was jogging was jogging in the park when she was grabbed by an unknown male, who pulled her against her will, toward the wooded area of the park.

The suspect then shoved the juvenile female to the ground, where he attempted to get on top of her. The female yelled for help and kicked at the suspect, who fled on foot.

Detective Hicks interviewed the complainant and set up a meeting between the complainant and HPD forensic artist Lois Gibson. Gibson sketched an illustration of the suspect, based on the complainants memory.

Detective Hicks had the sketch featured on Crime Stoppers and received a tip from a member of the public, who recognized the suspect from a previous child kidnapping incident.

Hicks identified the suspect by his real name and presented the complainant with a photo spread. She picked out her attacker, resulting in charges of Attempt to Commit Aggravated Kidnapping.

Hicks then followed up on the first child kidnapping incident, in which the suspect was recognized, and interviewed a 9-year-old juvenile female, who was locked inside of an apartment complex laundry room by the suspect. The man placed his hands under her pants and forcibly kissed her on the mouth. The juvenile complainant cried out of fear and was released by the suspect. Detective Hicks presented the juvenile complainant with a photo spread, featuring suspect.

This victim also identified this suspect, resulting in Hicks filing felony Unlawful Restraint of a Child charges.