CAPITOLA - A 23-year-old Florida man was arrested Friday evening on suspicion of sexually battering a teen girl outside a store in the King's Plaza shopping center on 41st Avenue, police said.
The 14-year-old victim was with friends when the man approached and grabbed her in a sexual manner, police said.
The teens ran across the street to the mall, but the assailant followed, Sgt. Mark Gonzalez said.
Mall security tried to detain him, but he fled, Gonzalez said.
Police and sheriff's deputies searched the area and an officer found the suspect in Fast Eddy's Billiards on Capitola Road, he said.
Farris Kaloti resisted arrest, but two officers arrested him, Gonzalez said.
Kaloti, described as a transient from Florida, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of felony sexual assault, police said.
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