Suspect arrested for Walmart sexual assault

5:59 PM, Dec 30, 2011   |    comments
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ANOKA, Minn. - The man suspected of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 has been arrested, the Anoka County sheriff's office says.

A 29-year-old Columbia Heights man was arrested Friday afternoon and will be booked into the Anoka County Jail for Criminal Sexual Conduct in the second degree.

Authorities tell KARE 11 tip calls from the public helped lead to the man's arrest.

Police were called to the Walmart at 8450 University Avenue NE in Fridley Monday afternoon. A man allegedly sexually assaulted a young girl in an open area of the store with the victim's parents and older sibling standing nearby.

Commander Paul Sommer with the Anoka County sheriff's office says the man has a criminal history that "includes indecent exposure and similar groping incidents involving adult females."

He has not been formally charged and is due in court Tuesday morning.

It is KARE 11's policy not to name suspects until they are formally charged.

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