Man accused of fondling girl at Houston Michael's store arrested

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Cody Hurst has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child

Houston police have arrested a man accused of fondling a young girl at a Houston Michael's store. And now they're looking for more possible victims.

Cody Hurst, 26, has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Police say on April 9, he approached a 9-year-old girl at the Michael's at 7560 Westheimer. He allegedly grabbed her from behind, removed a piece of her clothing and fondled her.

Police released this surveillance photo of the man who they say fondled a young girl at a Michael's store. On Tuesday, they arrested Cody Hurst, 26.

Police say when the girl yelled for help, Hurst fled the store.

"When my children were young, we didn't have any issues like that," Janet Gallogy said, "Now you're fearful. Even in the parking lot, you've got to hold their hands and make sure they're safe everywhere."

A Crime Stoppers tip led to the identification of Hurst and on Tuesday, he was arrested without incident.

"I'm glad he's caught, but I don't think it would have ever happened if the parents were with the child," Yetzeli Guevara said, "That's my opinion."

Investigators say they have reason to believe Hurst may have had additional contact with other children and are asking any additional victims to call Houston police at 713-308-1100.

Faustino Alvarez, Michael's District Manager issued this statement: "We are thankful that the suspect has been caught and we will continue to assist the Houston police in any way we can."
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