Sgt. Stacy Bailey, spokeswoman for the police department, said officers arrested John Deeyaa
of Canton on Tuesday and charged him with two counts of sexual battery.
"The two separate incidents occurred within a year of each other and the stories were very similar (in) reference to the female victims," Bailey said.
The second attack was reported by a Ross employee May 12.
The victim said Deeyaa
, 55, was a regular customer at the department store located at 1445 Riverstone Parkway and had "pulled her
into him trying to hug her
then grabbed her
chest," Bailey said.
had also reportedly been bothering other female employees at Ross, Bailey said.
The first victim reported being attacked May 28, 2011, at Wal-Mart
also pulled her
body as if to hug her
and then touched her
" in inappropriate places, Bailey said.
Deeyaa had been interviewed after this first incident by police but not enough evidence was available for the police to take warrants on Deeyaa, the police spokesperson said.
Bailey said the department is looking for anyone else who may have been a victim of the unwanted sexual attention from Deeyaa