An Ellicott City man who pleaded guilty last week in a series of groping incidents in Howard County was charged by police in another groping incident in Columbia, Howard County police said Monday.
Jeremy Kaho Ng, 27, of the 10000 block of Whitworth Way, was charged with second-degree assault, stalking and a fourth-degree sex offense in connection with a July 17 incident at a Target in the 6100 block of Dobbin Road in Columbia.
Ng was convicted in Howard County Circuit Court on July 15, just two days earlier, to one count of second-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense in connection with three events that occurred over a 12-month span.
After pleading guilty, Ng was released until his sentencing on Aug. 8. Ng is currently being held on $175,000 bond following his arrest.
On July 17, a woman shopping at Target approached a police officer on the scene for another, unrelated call, police said. She reported that a man in the store was following her around while she shopped, police said.
She said the man was walking behind her and grabbed her buttocks, police said. The woman reported that, moments later, the man was seen near her vehicle when she left the store, police said. She also said a white Dodge Ram truck followed her when she left the parking lot, police said.
Police said they were able to link Ng to the crime after discovering the truck was registered to him. He was later identified as a suspect through an investigation, and he turned himself in on July 19.
Ng was originally arrested on Jan. 6 in connection with an incident outside a Columbia apartment complex. Police later identified Ng as a suspect in two other cases -- one in a Best Buy parking lot and one in the parking lot at the Mall in Columbia.