Grovetown man charged in Walmart gropings

Walden

Columbia County authorities on Monday arrested a Grovetown man accused of groping three women at Walmart last weekend.

Javan­troi Perez Walden, 33, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

The women reported being fondled Sat­urday morning at two Col­um­bia Coun­­ty Walmarts, according to sheriff’s office reports.

A 57-year-old woman told deputies that about 6:45 a.m., a man in a dark, long-sleeved shirt and dark pants grabbed her breast at the Evans Walmart and then ran out of the store.

The assault was captured on surveillance video. The man left in a dark Buick.

Two women, ages 26 and 39, shopping at the Martinez Walmart on Bobby Jones Express­way said a man matching the description grabbed their breasts less than an hour later. One of the women said the man left in a dark Buick.

Walden was also charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, open alcohol container and two traffic violations. He is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center with bond set at $19,700.

This is the second time Wal­den has been charged with sexual battery since July.

He was arrested July 3 after being accused of grabbing the breasts of a 21-year-old woman at the Martinez Walmart and a 17-year-old server at the Martinez Sonic on Belair Road, according to incident reports.

At that time, Walden was unable to give a reason for his actions.

Man gropes 3 women in Columbia County Walmarts
Man charged with groping 2 women

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