Officers arrested an Oakland man after he allegedly touched and made sexual advances toward a 15-year-old girl as he followed her home in San Leandro on Tuesday afternoon, police said. The girl was walking home in the 14400 block of Bancroft Avenue around 4:15 p.m. when a man tapped her on the shoulder and asked “if he could get to know her,” San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said. The man, later identified as 21-year-old Dayvon Crawford, of Oakland, allegedly made sexual comments about the girl’s body, Tudor said.
The teen told the man to leave her alone and walked away, but he followed her as she walked north on Bancroft Avenue, police said. Crawford allegedly continued to make inappropriate comments, tapped her on the shoulder and poked her in the abdomen, Tudor said. The teen then walked into a Walgreens store at 1456 136th Ave., where she asked an employee to call police, he said. The girl described the suspect to police officers, and his description was broadcast over police radio.
A San Leandro officer saw a man matching the suspect’s description sitting at a bus stop at East 14th Street and San Leandro Boulevard. Police detained Crawford, and he was identified by the girl as the man who had followed her. He was arrested on suspicion of annoying and molesting a child. “The victim was brave and very smart to alertly seek help,” Tudor said. “If it was not for her actions, the suspect could have fled undetected and victimized another juvenile.”
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