Man groped woman, masturbated in Cerritos grocery store, authorities say

A man was arrested after groping a woman and then masturbating in a Cerritos grocery store last week, according to authorities. The man was at a Sprouts store in the 11900 block of South Street around 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 when he exposed himself and groped a woman's buttocks while she was shopping, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Armando Viera Jr. said in a news release Friday. "While the victim went to report it to a store manager, the suspect began to masturbate while watching another female customer shop," the sheriff's department said in a crime bulletin. The store manager kept the man at the store until deputies arrived to arrest him, Viera said. Authorities identified the man as Daniel Tejeda, a 25-year-old from Buena Park. He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and held in lieu of $10,000 bail, according the sheriff's department. Investigators are now looking for any more witnesses to the incident or possible victims. Authorities said Tejeda may be homeless and rides and older, black mountain bike. Investigators asked anyone with information to contact Sgt. Gilbert Ramirez at 562-860-0044.

Daniel Tejeda. Courtesy the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A man was arrested after groping a woman and then masturbating in a Cerritos grocery store last week, according to authorities.

The man was at a Sprouts store in the 11900 block of South Street around 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 when he exposed himself and groped a woman’s buttocks while she was shopping, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Viera Jr. said in a news release Friday.

“While the victim went to report it to a store manager, the suspect began to masturbate while watching another female customer shop,” the sheriff’s department said in a crime bulletin.

The store manager kept the man at the store until deputies arrived to arrest him, Viera said.

Authorities identified the man as Daniel Tejeda, a 25-year-old from Buena Park. He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and held in lieu of $10,000 bail, according the sheriff’s department.

Investigators are now looking for any more witnesses to the incident or possible victims. Authorities said Tejeda may be homeless and rides and older, black mountain bike.

Investigators asked anyone with information to contact Sgt. Gilbert Ramirez at 562-860-0044.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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