KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knoxville Police Department said a man was arrested on May 23 after a "seemingly random" assault on a juvenile female on May 12.
They said the juvenile was walking her dog outside of The Palmer apartments when 20-year-old Zachary Nelson assaulted her and ran away. They said he was taken into custody on May 23.
KPD said during their investigation, they also got a warrant charging Nelson with stalking after he "allegedly followed a different woman at The Palmer apartments for several days and made an unsolicited advance."
They said they also learned about several other instances of a man showing similar behavior, including stalking and uninvited physical contact at apartment complexes and public areas across Knox County.
They asked anyone with a similar experience who has not reported it to KPD, to call the violent crimes unit detectives at 865-215-7315.