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Update: Suspect identified for inappropriately touching women at a local store

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UPDATE: Thanks to the media and public the Tyler Police Department received numerous tips on the identity of the suspect wanted in connection to Assault by contact of a female victim at Wal-Mart on Troup Highway.  Investigators also determined that he was also responsible for the incident at Target.

The suspect was identified as Chaz Aaron Sansone, W/M, age 24, of Jacksonville, Texas.  Investigators located Sansone and issued him two citations for Class C Assault and released.



TYLER (KYTX) -  It all started Tuesday evening, October 22nd, when a truck pulled into the Walmart parking lot on Troup highway.

In the store's surveillance video, you can see a man get out of the truck and walk into Walmart.

At some point, police say he put on a hooded sweatshirt, and started walking around the store acting very suspicious.

It appears he had been following someone in particular.

We soon see a woman in scrubs walk down the aisle and go into another section in the store.

The man follows her.

The surveillance video then shows the man running off. We later see him, without a hoodie, leaving the store.

"I was in the back of the Target store and I noticed a guy that just seemed out of place," said one victim. 

This woman, who we're calling "Susan", was approached by who police believe is the same man, in Target, the day after the Walmart incident.

"My bells went off, that evidently,  this was someone who had probably been following me in the store," said Susan. 


"Susan" says he had on a hooded sweatshirt and appeared to be trying to hide his face.

Sensing something wasn't right, she went to the frozen food section, where there were more people.


"He just jolted around the corner and grabbed me from behind, grabbed my rear end tight, and just pulled it, and I screamed," said Susan. 

That scream drew the attention of other shoppers and Target employees.

"We believe that there is a subject out there that has done this more than once. Last year, we did have a person we did arrest for doing the same thing in Rose Rudman Park," said Officer Don Martin, Tyler Police. 

Tyler Police Officer Don Martin says Susan did the right thing in this unusual situation.

"Get the best description you can. Bring attention to yourself. Let other shoppers know you're in trouble," said Officer Martin. 

"Susan" says Target employees blocked off the front of the store to try and find the man. But, she thinks, by that time, he had left.


"I was scared, and actually to be honest, I've been shaken up since to even go out and shop and I'm constantly looking over my shoulder," said Susan. 



Tyler Police Department News Release:

Tyler Police are investigating two cases of a Class C Assault where an unknown W/M grabbed the buttocks of a female shopper inside the Wal-Mart on Troup Hwy. and Target on S. Broadway.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013 around 6:00 p.m., security video obtained from Wal-Mart shows the suspect acting suspicious and following the victim throughout the store before he touched her inappropriately.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 around 8:40 p.m. a female reported to police that a male suspect had grabbed her buttocks while she was shopping inside Target on S. Broadway.

Investigators need your help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information about this suspect involved in this crime is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833). 

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