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San Leandro police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of inappropriately touching two young girls

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UPDATE: Suspect has been arrested.

San Leandro police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of inappropriately touching two young girls in Target and Walmart stores. Police first responded to a report at 7:45 p.m. Monday from a mother who said a man approached her two daughters in the Walmart located at 15555 Hesperian Blvd. The man inappropriately touched the older of the two siblings while their mother was in another aisle. The girl screamed, scaring the man away, police said.

The two girls told their mother, who contacted store security, who in turn told police. Officers then responded to a second report of a similar incident 15 minutes later at the Bayfair Center Target store at 15555 E. 14th St. The man approached another young girl, whose mother was nearby, and touched her inappropriately, police said. The girl told her mother, who attempted to confront the suspect as he was walking away, but police said he fled the store quickly. The mother reported the assault to a uniformed security officer, who called police.

Officers were able to obtain store security footage of both incidents and spoke with the mothers involved. Police said they believe it was the same suspect in both incidents and he may have driven directly from Walmart to Target. The stores are approximately 1.4 miles away from each other. Police described the suspect as between the ages of 25 and 40 years old and approximately 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall with a medium build. He is clean-shaven with brown hair and light brown eyebrows.

The man was wearing a black, long-sleeved dress shirt, red tie, black slacks and black dress shoes at the time of the incidents, police said. Because of his style of dress, officers said it’s likely the man is employed at some type of retail environment where he has contact with customers, such as a restaurant, hotel, or sales position. San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus urged the public to help law enforcement solve the crimes quickly. “Although these crimes occurred in San Leandro, this suspect could be in any Bay Area store or city,” McManus said in a statement.

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