Girl, 11, 'groped' while shopping with family in Target

·News Editor
·2-min read

Californian police are hunting for a man after a young girl was allegedly groped while shopping with her family in Target. 

The 11-year-old girl was with her family inside a Target store in Irvine in the US state of California on May 24 when they became separated. 

The Irvine Police Department said in a statement the girl was alone after her family went into a different aisle in the store.

The man police wish to speak with is seen on security camera in Target in Irvine, California.
Police are hunting a man after an 11-year-old was allegedly groped in Target in Irvine, California. Source: Irvine Police Department

Police allege a man then approached the young girl from behind and groped her.

"The victim ran from him and found her family while the suspect ran from the store and fled in a vehicle," police said.

Video of a man police wish to speak with was released in the hope somebody in the local area could identify him.

It shows him walking into the Target store wearing a face mask and looking at a mobile phone.

He is later seen holding his arm across his stomach as he strides past shopping trolleys.

Police described him as light-skinned and about 170 centimetres tall with a thin build.

He is believed to be aged between 35 and 45. 

The suspect was wearing a long sleeve button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up, grey pants cuffed at the bottom and a pair of thongs. 

It is believed the man fled the department store in a green Kia Soul manufactured between 2014 and 2018. 

Police allege the man committed sexual battery against the 11-year-old girl in the store and were calling on people who recognised him to come forward. 

 Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau@yahoonews.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and download the Yahoo News app from the App Store or Google Play.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting