Henrico man accused of inappropriately touching 2 women while they were shopping

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A man is facing several charges after authorities say he inappropriately touched two women at a Hanover business on Monday. 

Maliak Al Mawat, 53, of Henrico County, was charged with two counts of sexual battery, one count of indecent exposure and public intoxication. 

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a business in the 7200 block of Bell Creek Road for a report of a sexual battery. On scene, deputies spoke with a female victim who stated a male touched her inappropriately without her consent while she was shopping.

While deputies spoke to the first victim, another female victim approached them and had the same complaint, and indicated that it just happened. 

Deputies immediately began searching the store and located a subject matching the description both victims had provided. The suspect was positively identified by both victims. 

Mawat is currently incarcerated at Pamunkey Regional Jail and is being held without bond.

Anyone with additional information about this incident, or who can identify this individual, is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also download the “P3 Tips” app for their mobile device to submit their tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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