CODY / POWELL - On Wednesday, May 11th, a Park County Sheriff's deputy, while off duty was informed of a suspicious African American male going door-to-door in the Riverside Drive area of Powell selling cleaning products identified as "Advantage 20X.” A similar report was also investigated in the city of Cody by the Cody Police Department.
The salesman and methods match the description of one of multiple suspects wanted by the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office in Sidney, Nebraska in connection with the sexual assault and kidnapping of a Florida woman. According to an alert released by the Nebraska Information Analysis Center, the Cheyenne County victim stated that on April 3, 2016, she was looking at Facebook when she saw an advertisement on how to make money by selling cleaning supplies for a company called "Advantage 20X".
The victim stated that she, her boyfriend and a mutual friend answered the ad, at which time they were supplied tickets for a bus to El Paso, Texas. The victim stated she left Florida on April 4, 2016 and arrived in El Paso on April 7, 2016. After a day of interviews, the victim stated she was put up in a motel room with another female. The following morning, her roommate left for a short time, after which “a black man” entered the room and sexually assaulted her.
The victim furthered that on April 10, 2016, she and the group packed up, loaded into a van and traveled to Scottsbluff, Nebraska to begin selling cleaning supplies. She stated she was the only "white" person in the group. She further stated while in Scottsbluff, she was groped by other male members of the group and again sexually assaulted.
The victim said she tried to leave, but "they" wouldn't let her because "they" told her she had to work for at least thirty days in order to pay off her bus ticket before she could leave. The victim also stated that she was struck her several times, and the group threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.
The suspects wanted by the Nebraska authorities consist of three black males and one black female driving a van bearing California license plate 7DCH646. However, in the incidents in Powell and Cody, only one black male and/or one black female were seen and the there was no vehicle description available. But the product “Advantage 20X” was specifically mentioned.
Residents are asked to contact the Park County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 307-527-8700 or by dialing 911 if you have information or have had contact with anyone matching these descriptions as well as any other suspicious door-to-door sales activity.
By way of clarification, the previous news release was cautionary only. The subjects are not currently wanted by the Nebraska authorities. Residents are only cautioned to be alert if contacted by these individuals due to previously reported criminal activity. As always, if residents are not interested in their products or services, they are within their rights to ask the subjects to leave. If they refuse to do so or become insistent, contact local law enforcement