Oroville Mercury-Register

Man arrested on suspicion of lewd acts in South Bay

- By Jason Green

PALO ALTO » A 27-year-old Oakland man has been arrested on suspicion of lewd acts at grocery stores in Palo Alto and Santa Clara as well as a Walmart in Napa County, according to authoritie­s.

The most recent incident was reported around 7 p.m. Monday at the Walmart Supercente­r at 7011 Main Street in American Canyon.

In a news release, the American Canyon Police Department said Christian Roberts was caught on camera masturbati­ng behind a woman and ejaculatin­g onto her clothing. She was with her two young children at the time.

Officers identified the man and learned he had a warrant for his arrest for similar incidents in Palo Alto and Santa Clara.

On Wednesday, Napa Special Investigat­ions Bureau and Napa County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Roberts in Vallejo. During an interview with detectives, the man admitted to the lewd act inside the Walmart, police said. He was booked into Napa County Jail on charges of sexual battery, indecent exposure and annoying or molesting children.

The other incidents were reported Jan. 26 at the Safeway at 2811 Middlefiel­d Road in Palo Alto and Feb. 13 at an unspecifie­d grocery store in Santa Clara, the Palo Alto Police Department said in a news release.

According to police, the same man was caught on camera masturbati­ng behind a woman at the Safeway and she later reported finding a “biological fluid” on the back of her shirt and pants. A second woman told police the man had also followed her around the store.

Officers on April 14 obtained an arrest warrant charging the man with sexual battery, battery and indecent exposure for the incidents in Palo Alto and Santa Clara. In addition to the charges related to the American Canyon incident, the man was booked into jail on the warrant.

Anyone with informatio­n related to the incidents in Palo Alto and Santa Clara can contact the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call or text 650-383-8984 or email paloalto@tipnow.org.

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