Leg-grabber targets woman, girl at Hobby Lobby in Chandler

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The suspect is a man between 25 and 30 years old. He's about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds. He has an athletic build and is clean-shaven. By Catherine Holland The suspect is a man between 25 and 30 years old. He's about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds. He has an athletic build and is clean-shaven. By Catherine Holland

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Police in Chandler are searching for a man who inappropriately touched a woman and a juvenile on separate occasions at a Hobby Lobby.

The most recent incident happened on June 15. According to police, the woman was shopping at the store on Chandler Boulevard between McClintock Drive and Price Road when an adult Hispanic male touched her. The man left the store when she confronted him.

Police say a similar incident took place on June 5. The victim in that case was a juvenile, but no police report was filed. The juvenile told her mother who then contacted the Hobby Lobby.

Detective Seth Tyler said officers have looked at surveillance video and learned that the target in each incident was wearing a skirt. While they were preoccupied, the suspect walked up to them from behind, crouched down and grabbed their legs above the knee.

"The subject continues until confronted by the victim in some manner," Tyler said in a news release.

Tyler also said the suspect deliberately went for the woman and juvenile in skirts, apparently ignoring others who were wearing shorts or pants.

The suspect is a man between 25 and 30 years old. He's about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds. He has an athletic build and is clean-shaven.

In surveillance photos, he is seen wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.

If you have any information regarding the identity of this suspect, please contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130. Please reference police report number 12-062927.