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Glen Ellyn man accused of touching girls in stores faces more charges

Nicholas Muniz is charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. (Photo provided by St. Charles police)

Nicholas Muniz is charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. (Photo provided by St. Charles police)

A Glen Ellyn man faces additional charges of inappropriately touching young girls shopping at a St. Charles Target store after one of the girls learned of his original arrest in a newspaper, police said Tuesday.

Nicholas Edward Muniz, 24, of the 200 block of May Avenue, was arrested Saturday by St. Charles police, and charged with misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. Muniz already faced battery and disorderly charges in similar incidents earlier this month at the St. Charles Target, located at 3885 E. Main St.

Police said a 13-year-old girl reported to officers on May 15 that she read about Muniz’s original May 13 arrest. In that case, police said Muniz “inappropriately” touched 16- and 14-year-old girls May 11 and 12 at the St. Charles store, and then ran away. He was arrested May 13 when investigators set up surveillance and saw Muniz return to the store, police said.

The 13-year-old girl saw Muniz’s arrest booking photo in a newspaper, and recognized him as the man who also inappropriately touched her and followed her around the St. Charles Target on May 13, police said.

Muniz was turned over to St. Charles police Saturday by Wheaton police, who arrested him on the outstanding warrant filed for the new charges, said Wheaton Deputy Chief Thomas Meloni. He said there was a report of a man being “disorderly” on May 12 in the Wheaton Target. No one has been charged in that case, he said.

Muniz’s bail was set at $10,000 in the new charges in Kane County. Although police said he remained in Kane County jail, court records show he was not there Tuesday. He could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday, and is due next in court June 21.

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