Wal-Mart shopper confronts suspected sex predator
May 5th, 2008 @ 9:37pm
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Valley mother shopping at a Wal-Mart in Tempe confronted a suspected child predator talking her 8-year-old daughter and two nieces.
Rana Hermosillo said a stranger approached the children in a shopping aisle at the Wal-Mart at Priest Drive and Elliott on Sunday.
Hermosillo said she could overhear what the man was telling them.
"Women's underwear, seeing private parts, things to do with private parts, touching, touching girls and touching women he was saying to them," Hermosillo said.
A split second later, Hermosillo said she saw the man touch one of the girls.
"He rubbed the front of his body against the back side of her body," she said.
Hermosillo said she called the girls away and then confronted the man face to face.
"I basically told him he was a sick individual and he needed to leave the store," she said. "He didn't need to be around children."
By the time she grabbed a Wal-Mart associate, the stranger was gone.
"He did this in plain view," Hermosillo said. "They were not far from us. We were a couple of feet away. I think he's very dangerous."
The man is described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall and in his 50s or 60s.
Hermosillo said she filed a report with the Tempe Police Department. Officers were looking into the possibility of any surveillance video that might help catch the man.
I would have been all upside his head.