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Young girl inappropriately touched on southside

Posted at 5:45 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 07:15:34-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A man has been arrested after following and then inappropriately touching a young girl.

Pima County Sheriff's say 55-year-old Abdulmalik Sheikh Omar approached a young girl as she was walking in the area of the Dollar General at 5697 South Alvernon Way on January 29 at 4 p.m. The girl became afraid and went into the Dollar General for help.

Omar followed the girl into the store where he began inappropriately grabbing her, said deputies. The girl sought further help, at which point Omar fled.

Through further investigation, detectives were able to identify Omar and obtain a warrant for his arrest.  Omar decided to turn himself in after speaking to a detective over the phone, said deputies.

Omar is being charged with sexual abuse, aggravated assault and child molestation.  He has been booked into the Pima County Jail.