A man arrested yesterday for twice grabbing the rear end of a female Walmart shopper explained to Florida police “that is how he talks to women,” according to a court affidavit.
Cops say the 29-year-old victim was walking through a Walmart in Largo, a city outside Tampa, when she noticed Juan Antonio Velez was following her. At one point, the woman told cops, the 6’ 3”, 250-pound Velez “walked up to her and grabbed her butt.”
The victim said that Velez, 30, then continued to follow her. When she got to the self-checkout line, the woman said, Velez again groped her buttocks, prompting her to tell him to “stop it.”
The woman subsequently told Walmart management “she was afraid, so they took her to an office,” a Largo Police Department officer reported.
When police questioned Velez, he reportedly confessed to “grabbing her butt twice and said that is how he talks to women.” Velez, cops say, acknowledged that he touched the victim “prior to making any conversation” with her.
The “entire incident,” police reported, was recorded by Walmart security cameras.
Velez, pictured above, was arrested for battery and booked into the county jail on the misdemeanor charge. Locked up in lieu of $500 bond, Velez, who lives in Tennessee, has been ordered by a judge to have no contact with the victim.