Surveillance video captured Elias Alan-Arturo Flor, 19, of Wahneta, masturbating onto the back of a woman. The lewd act occurred in front of a 12-year-old girl.
WINTER HAVEN — Winter Haven Police Department reported that a man wanted for performing a lewd act in front of a child at a local Walmart turned himself in Saturday night.
According to a WHPD news release, Elias Alan-Arturo Flor, 19, of Wahneta, has been charged with battery and committing a lewd act in the presence of a child 16 or younger.
Flor entered the Walmart at 355 Cypress Gardens Blvd. on Friday around 8:30 p.m. and masturbated on the back of a woman in the toy aisle as a 12-year-old girl with her witnessed the act.
Flor is seen on surveillance video apparently looking for the right opportunity to commit the act. Although it was a short time frame, the girl saw the act and became distraught. When the woman realized the child was upset and inquired as to the reason, Flor had fled the aisle and left the store. Management was immediately alerted and law enforcement was notified.
Upon questioning, WHPD said, the child revealed what occurred. Video was retrieved and confirmed what the child reported.
"This situation is absolutely sickening," said Police Chief Charlie Bird. "I applaud the child's bravery to speak up and give details that gave information we could get to the media that assisted with the ultimate arrest of the suspect."
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