Newington police arrested a man accused of touching a teenage girl while she was shopping with her family at the Saver store on Berlin’s toll motorway last month.
Police said a witness contacted them shortly before 5.30pm on May 14 and reported that a man had inappropriately touched a teenage girl.
The man had left before the police arrived.
Investigators said a witness reported seeing a man watching and following a 13-year-old girl with autism as she shopped in the store with her mother.
When the teenager walked down an alley away from her mother, the man followed, according to the witness who said he heard a commotion, approached the teenager to see what had happened and the teenage girl responded that the man “touched her”, police said.
The witness reported the incident to the victim’s mother who followed the man to the parking lot.
Police say the man fled on a motorbike and police have identified a suspect who they believe has cases pending in Danbury and Hartford courts for similar types of incidents.
The man was charged with third degree sexual assault, risk of harm to a child and breach of the peace.
A court date is scheduled for June 27.