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* Natesan Arumugam Arrested for Allegedly Groping Girl in Danville

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A neighborhood canvass near a public park where a girl was inappropriately touched on Thursday led Danville police to an arrest, police said. The 14-year-old girl was walking past the tennis courts in Diablo Vista Park around 8:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man, police Lt. Jeff Moule said. The suspect approached the girl, grabbed her in an embrace and touched her chest “in an inappropriate way,” Moule said. When the girl broke away and ran to a family vehicle, the suspect fled into a wooded area east of the park.

Based on neighbors’ tips, officers arrested 66-year-old Natesan Arumugam on Friday on suspicion of sexual battery. Arumugam is an Indian man visiting relatives in Danville, according to police. Arumugam was taken to the Martinez Detention Facility where a bond has been set for $125,000.

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