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Police: City man groped woman in retail parking lot

Johnson City Press • Updated Sep 25, 2017 at 4:45 PM

A Johnson City man was arrested early Monday morning after police say he followed a woman to her car outside a retail chain store, held her in place and groped her.

Antonio Gomez, 31, 72 Charleston Square, was charged with false imprisonment and sexual battery after police found his vehicle, then him nearby.

According to the woman’s statements to police, Gomez harassed her and made lewd comments toward her in the parking lot of Walmart, 3111 Browns Mill Road, then followed her to her car Sunday evening. The victim said he asked her to come home with him, then tried to prevent her from leaving. The two struggled and Gomez groped her, but the woman said she punched him and was able to escape, police said.

Gomez was booked into the Washington County Detention Center and was held on $6,000 bond. He was scheduled for arraignment Monday afternoon in Washington County Sessions Court.

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