Authorities say a man suspected of groping two underaged girls in an area Walmart has been arrested.
Ryan Reding, a 28-year-old Baytown man, was identified Tuesday night by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.
During the investigation, detectives learned that Reding could possibly be working offshore in Port Aransas supplying oil rigs with supplies. With the assistance of the Coast Guard, Reding was located and detained. Reding was transported back to shore where he was released to Cameron County Sheriff’s Office who arrested him on the charge of indecency with a child. Reding was booked into the Cameron County Jail where he will remain until transported back to Montgomery County.
Detectives also say as a result of the investigation, they have learned the suspect is possibly linked to similar incidents in surrounding counties.
“The suspect is currently wanted for indecency with a child,” said Lt. Scott Spencer, Montgomery County Sheriff Department spokesman.
Law enforcement officials say at about 7:48 p.m. on Aug. 14, Reding walked into a Walmart at 1025 Sawdust Road in Spring.
Once inside the store, the suspect inappropriately groped a juvenile female at the greeting card section inside the store, Spencer said.
Spencer added at about 8:55 p.m. the same night, the suspect went to the Walmart at 10001 Woodlands Parkway in The Woodlands where he again inappropriately groped another juvenile female who was getting school supplies.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said Reding had previously been arrested in Chambers County for a groping at the Walmart on Highway 146.
“I guess he didn’t want to be arrested here again, so it looks like he went to another county to do his groping,” Hawthorne said.