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Denver police call off search for ‘possibly armed’ man in thong

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DENVER — Police set up a perimeter at a Denver intersection Thursday morning after receiving a call about a man wearing a red thong who was “possibly armed.”

Denver Police confirmed the perimeter was being established shortly after 11 a.m. at the intersection of West 33rd and Wolff Street. That intersection is along the edge of Pferdsteller Park in the West Highland neighborhood, which is north of Sloan Lake.

As of 12:15 p.m., police said they were not in a standoff with the suspect. Instead, authorities said they were simply trying to locate the man.

Shortly thereafter, police broke their perimeter and ceased the search for the man, saying the only reason they responded to the the call was due to the suspect being a “repeated thong offender.”

Police also confirmed that this suspect, who remains on the loose, is not Denver’s serial groper. One of the serial groper’s victims was fondled on Aug. 28 at the intersection of 37th Avenue and Newton Street, less than a mile from where the man in the thong was first spotted Thursday.