99 Ranch Market suspect accused of second molestation


September 21, 2018

Molestation suspect in H Mart in Lynnwood.

?The Edmonds Police have released new pictures of a suspect in the case of an molestation at 99 Ranch Market on Highway 99.

According to Sgt. Shane Hawley, an anonymous tip led police to check video footage taken at H Mart Asian grocery store on 188th Street Southwest in Lynnwood.

The tip came from a father who reported the same man tried to sexually assault his daughter about one hour after the incident in Edmonds, which occurred at about 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

The video – which is of better quality than the one at 99 Ranch Market – shows the same suspect in H Mart, staring at people and clearly touching himself with his hands in his pockets, Hawley said.

“We need to continue to push his picture and this story to the public, as he is not yet identified,” Hawley said. “We would also like to be able to ask the anonymous tipster to come forward and contact us, as he never reported it to the police.”

As reported earlier, the suspect is a while male in his 50s or 60s, Hawley said. He has a possible goatee, and was wearing a bright blue shirt and dark shorts.

On Sept. 15, Hawley said a mother was walking around 99 Ranch Market – a busy Asian foods shopping center – with two young girls – one of whom Hawley confirmed was her daughter. The video showed the suspect following the group several times.

At one point, Hawley said, the suspect cut in front of them, forcing them to stop.

“He reaches down, and you can see that he grabbed her private area,” Hawley said. “This all happened in a couple of seconds. He then quickly went down an aisle and out the front door.”

The suspect will be charged with felony assault of a child.

Here's a link to a video from H Mart: https://youtu.be/kSxjswGQqK4.

In the meantime, those with information on the suspect can do so at www.edmondswa.gov/police/anonymous-tip.html.

Molestation suspect in H Mart in Lynnwood.


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