ORANGE (CBSLA.com) — Police Tuesday are intensifying their search for a man accused of brushing up against and exposing himself to a 13-year-old girl at an Orange County Wal-Mart.
Julie Evans and her granddaughter were shopping for gifts in the baby aisle of the Wal-Mart in Orange when police said the suspect began tracking the victim.
“This guy circled around her quite a few times,” Evans said.
Police said the suspect brushed up against her before exposing himself in the middle of the aisle and touching himself.
“I was just so, so scared,” said the 13-year-old victim. “I don’t want any other girl to experience what I experienced. No girl my age should see that.”
Evans reported the incident to the store’s management but said nothing was done.
“I want to see every employee in the Wal-Mart at Orange to have to go to a safety training class to know exactly when you talk to them and they say, ‘Well, our security is just for shoplifters.’ Come on, what’s more important? Merchandise or children?”
Wal-Mart declined an on-camera interview but released a statement condemning the incident and expressing cooperation with the investigation.
“This type of behavior is unacceptable. It’s upsetting that something like this could have happened in one of our stores. We have been providing information to local police and will continue to do so as needed,” the statement read.
Police have released surveillance footage of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.