ALAMEDA (KRON) — The Alameda County Sheriff’s office on Wednesday announced the arrest of man suspected of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in the toy aisle of a Hayward dollar store on Sunday afternoon.
The incident took place at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday as the girl and her mom were shopping at the 99 Cents Only store at 20882 Mission Blvd.
The man grabbed the girl and forced his hand into her pants, sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
The man approached the child while she was momentarily separated from her mother, Kelly said.
According to deputies, the suspect told the girl, “Don’t tell anybody.”
Kelly says the man ran from the store after the assault. The store’s surveillance cameras did not record the attack but they may have captured the man entering and exiting the building.
“We are unable at this time to give out a name or photo due to identification issues associated with a case like this,” the sheriff’s office said.
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