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Man charged with touching girls in Target store

Nicholas Edward Muniz / phofrom St. Charles police

Nicholas Edward Muniz / photo from St. Charles police

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Updated: May 22, 2012 12:34PM

A 24-year-old man is behind bars after being charged with inappropriately touching three young girls in a west suburban Target store, with the latest incident occurring while he out on bail for the first two.

At about 6:30 p.m. on May 15, a 13-year-old girl was walking in the Target at 3885 E. Main St. in St. Charles when she was approached by a man, according to St. Charles police. As he passed, the man inappropriately touched the girl and began to follow her around the store.

The girl spoke to an adult and they searched the store, but were unable to find the man. However, the girl said she had read a newspaper article about similar incidents in the same store, and recognized her assailant from a mugshot, according to police.

A warrant was issued and Nicholas Edward Muniz of the 290 block of May Avenue in Glen Ellyn was arrested by Wheaton police on Saturday, a release from St. Charles police said. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct, and ordered held on a $10,000 bond.

He remains in custody at the Kane County Correctional Facility as of Tuesday, with a court hearing scheduled for June 21, the release said.

At the time of his arrest, Muniz was free on bail after being charged in two similar incidents at the same Target store, the release said.

On May 11, a man inappropriately touched a 16-year-old girl inside the store, and on May 12, a 14-year-old reported being touched by a man. Police and Target Loss Prevention personnel reviewed store videos and identified a suspect and a vehicle.

Police set up surveillance at the store on May 13, and a man matching the description of the suspect was seen driving a silver Audi into the parking lot and entering the store. Muniz was arrested as he left the store, and charged with two misdemeanor counts each of battery and disorderly conduct. He was later released on $100 bail.

Police also believe Muniz was involved in a similar incident at the Target store in Wheaton on May 12, and property from that was seized as evidence from his car, the release said.

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