The attack happened at about 2pm on October 16, according to Detective Michael Kelly. He says surveillance video from the CVS at Bellaire and Stella Link shows a man in his 20s briefly walk inside the store, and then leave. Minutes later, the 12-year-old victim entered the store following her mother and grandmother. Police say the girl went off by herself. The man entered again and quickly approached the girl. "They went off into a corner and there were times when he was not fully clothed," said Kelly.
Kelly tells Eyewitness News the man coaxed the girl then into the women's restroom, and that's where she was sexually assaulted. "She was not necessarily all that unwilling, but at the age of 12 it doesn't matter," said Kelly.
In Texas, you don't have the right to consent to sex until age 17.
CVS customers say this is the first they've heard of the attack. "I think it's morally reprehensible and inexcusable," said customer Susan Gallagher.
CVS spokesperson Michael DeAngelis said, "The safety of our customers is our highest priority and we are fully cooperating with the police in their investigation."
Police describe the man as white, in his mid to late 20's with a goatee, and a distinct hairline. The girl reported that he had hairy arms with tattoos and specks of what could have been paint on his clothing.
If you recognize this person of interest, police would like to hear from you. You can reach Southside place police at 713-668-2341.