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Hesperia man arrested for lewd acts on 8-year-old girl in Target store

Additionally, Chavez allegedly exposed himself to teenage girls outside a Hesperia middle school last February

REDLANDS, Calif. ( — The Redlands Police on Sunday arrested a 25-year-old Hesperia man for lewd acts with a minor in connection with an incident at a Target store in Redlands.

On Friday evening, Sept. 6, a man police later identified as Alex Francisco Chavez, entered the Target store at 27320 W. Lugonia Ave. in Redlands and walked directly to the toy section where he engaged in a short conversation with an 8-year-old girl, officials said.

“When the girl left the toy section to meet her mother, Chavez followed her, walked up behind her, grabbed her chest and squeezed her breasts over her clothing before walking away. The victim reported the incident to her mother who confronted Chavez inside the store. Chavez denied the incident and left the store,” stated a news release.

After information was released on social media, detectives developed leads identifying Chavez as the suspect. Police contacted Chavez, who agreed to meet detectives at the Redlands Police Department where he was interviewed and arrested.

Chavez currently has a case pending in Superior Court in Hesperia where he faces seven counts for allegedly exposing himself to teenage girls outside a Hesperia middle school last February.

As a result, Redlands Police sought and obtained a bail enhancement.
Chavez was booked into Central Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

(previous booking photo)

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