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Man arrested for sexual battery at Hemet department store

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Grant Pittman, 22, of Winchester was charged with sexual battery, indecent exposure and annoying or molesting someone less than 18 years of age on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

Grant Pittman, 22, of Winchester was charged with sexual battery, indecent exposure and annoying or molesting someone less than 18 years of age on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. (KABC Photo)

A man is facing sexual battery charges after police say he grabbed a girl inside a department store in Hemet Monday.

The incident occurred in the store located in the 1200 block of South Sanderson Avenue.

Police say they initially responded to a report of a male suspect masturbating inside the store. The suspect, later identified as Grant Pittman, 22, of Winchester, had already left when officers arrived.

Witnesses provided police with a description of the suspect. A short time later, dispatch began receiving calls that Pittman was walking through the parking lot and blocking traffic into the street.

The suspect then allegedly returned to the department store where he grabbed a teenage girl. The girl was able to get away. An alert bystander detained Pittman until Hemet police officers arrived and took him into custody.

Pittman was charged with sexual battery, indecent exposure and annoying or molesting someone less than 18 years of age. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

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