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Suspect Arrested in Grocery Store Sexual Battery Case

The man is accused of sexually battering a woman at the Pavillions market on Olympic Boulevard last January.

A 44-year-old man was arrested in connection with a sexual battery in a Beverly Hills grocery store, police announced Friday.

Ernesto Salinas of Los Angeles was arrested Wednesday and booked for sexual battery and burglary after stories on newscasts resulted in tips from the public, said Beverly Hills Lt. Lincoln Hoshino.

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The crime in the Pavillions market in the 9400 block of Olympic Boulevard, near Beverly Drive, occurred in late January, but the video and still images that were released last week needed to be enhanced to make the suspect identifiable, Hoshino said.

"The suspect engaged the victim in conversation and used a ruse to bait the victim into assisting him in removing an item from a high shelf," Hoshino said. "As the victim reached up to retrieve the item, the suspect sexually battered her."

Salinas was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

ronee berns March 30, 2013 at 05:16 PM
this is so scary, since I shop there all the time and I am the one who is constantly asking people to help me get something from the top shelf...I never think twice about it, but now I will if anyone asks me...which I doubt, as I'm not tall enough
carly G March 30, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Errr...Ronee, She was the one reaching up not him! He fondled her then, unless you plan to fondle someone, it will be o.k to ask them to help you.

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