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February 28, 2012 > Sexual Battery

Sexual Battery

Submitted By Det. William Veteran, Fremont PD

The Fremont Police Department and Dublin Police Department are jointly investigating a series of sexual batteries committed by suspect Ronald Epps (54 y/o male, 6'1", 250 lbs, out of San Leandro). In November of 2010, Epps was charged with sexual battery stemming from an incident which occurred at a book store in the city of Fremont. On February 23, 2012, Epps was charged with an additional four counts of sexual battery from incidents stemming from a book store in Dublin. Epps is currently in custody for unrelated criminal matters and is a registered sex offender due to prior sex crimes convictions.

All of the crimes under investigation share a similar fact pattern: Epps enters local book stores and stands behind female shoppers. While the victims are facing away from Epps (normally reading a book) he inappropriately touches them.

Video surveillance of Epps fondling multiple unknown victims has been recovered. The Fremont Police Department and Dublin Police Department Investigative units are attempting to contact those unidentified victims. If you have been a victim or know of someone who has been victimized, you are encouraged to contact the Fremont Police Department or Dublin Police Department Investigative units to report the incident.

Contact Det. Gebhardt (Fremont Police Department) at (510) 790-6954 or Sgt. Sanchez (Dublin Police Department) at (925) 833-6682

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