HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) – A man who grabbed and groped an 11-year-old girl and four women in stores and parking lots on Sunday was arrested after a car crash and a chase, police said.

The little girl was grabbed when she entered a supermarket with her mother at 2:15 p.m., Nassau County police said. The suspect grabbed her from behind, police Lt. Detective Kevin Smith said.

The other victims, ranging in age from 19 to 46, were held and fondled in three parking lots and a convenience store over the next half-hour, police said in a report.

Officers found the man driving near a mall, where he hit another car but didn’t stop, police said. He was chased by car before he pulled over, they said.

Besides sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, menacing and forcible touching, the man was charged with failing to stop for a police officer and leaving the scene of an accident. He was to be arraigned Monday in Hempstead.


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