Police are looking for a man who indecently touched two girls at TheMall in Columbia Thursday while posing as a security guard and performing a "pat search" on the unsuspecting victims.
The two girls, ages 12 and 14, were leaving the Woodward and Lothrop store at 2 p.m. when the man approached and asked if they were attempting to steal merchandise, police said.
Police said the girls told him that they had taken nothing, but the man -- who claimed to be a plainclothes security guard -- insistedthat they accompany him upstairs for questioning.
The man escorted the girls up a stairway before ordering them to place their hands on a railing, police said. He then conducted a pat search, claiming hewas trying to find stolen items.
During the search of the 14-year-old, the man began to lift up the bottom portion of her shirt, police said. The girl pulled away and ran back into the store with her friend.
Police said the man then ran out the exit into the parking lot.
The man was described as white, approximately 5-foot-11, with light brown hair and a beard and mustache. He is in his 30s, has a pock-marked face and was wearing gold-rimmed glasses, a light green T-shirt and shorts.
Anyone with information about the man is asked to call county police at 313-2266 or Metro Crimestoppers at 276-8888.
CAPTION: SKETCH OF MALL SUSPECT
Posed as security guard
MAN ARRESTED AFTER STRUGGLE WITH GOOSE
A 26-year-old man was charged with cruelty to animals Saturday after witnesses reported seeing a man yank the head off a goose on the shore of Lake Kittamaqundi, county police said.
The incident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m., when two people in a canoe and a passer-by sawa man struggling with a goose in a grassy area along the lake, police said.
One of the witnesses summoned a nearby police officer, whowalked up to the suspect and noticed that his clothes were spatteredwith blood and feathers, police said. The officer then noticed that the goose, which was lying on the embankment, had been decapitated.
Jose Alberto Menjibar, who has no fixed address, was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor that is punishable by afine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.
CRASH INTO LIGHT POLE INJURES MOTORCYCLIST
A motorcyclist was critically injured Saturday inColumbia when he crashed into a light pole, county police said.
Billy Lee Ely, 22, of the 13500 block of Greencastle Terrace in Burtonsville, was heading north on Cradlerock Way at 9:45 p.m. when he lostcontrol of his motorcycle just north of Windharp Way, police said.
Ely was listed in critical but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
The following crimeshave been reported to Howard County police:
9200 block Rustling Leaf: July 19, several pieces of electronic equipment, sodas and other personal property was stolen from a pool clubhouse sometime before 7 a.m.