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Man Sought in Molestation of Girl, 3, at Kmart

August 03, 1999

COMMERCE — Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators are looking for a man who molested a 3-year-old girl inside the bathroom of a Kmart over the weekend.

Deputy Cruz Solis said the incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The toddler was gone for about five minutes when her mother noticed she was missing.

"[The woman] called her little girl and she came running out of the bathroom," Solis said. "She said a man had taken her into the bathroom and had pulled down her pants and fondled her private parts."

Witnesses said that before the incident they saw a man loitering near the bathroom of the store, located on the 5700 block of Whittier Blvd.

The perpetrator is described as a Latino about 5-feet-8, 180 pounds with dark eyes and graying hair. Authorities said he was in his mid- to late 50s, wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue slacks.

Investigators said they were reviewing surveillance tapes in hopes of getting a more detailed description of the man.

Authorities ask anyone with information about the case to call the sheriff's East Los Angeles station at (323) 526-5541.

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