PD: Man arrested for groping teen at Tempe mall

Posted: 10:58 AM, Sep 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-14 13:58:23-04
PD: Man arrested for groping teen at Tempe mall

A man was arrested after reportedly groping a 14-year-old girl outside of a clothing store at Arizona Mills Mall. 

Tempe police report that on September 7, they responded to Arizona Mills Mall near Priest Drive and Baseline Road. 

Police say a 14-year-old girl and her cousin were walking out of a clothing store when 42-year-old Fernando Rodriguez groped one of the girls. 

The girls contacted their aunt who informed mall security. Security officers detained Rodriguez until Tempe police arrived. 

Rodriguez reportedly told police that he accidentally brushed up against the girl. However, police say surveillance video of the incident shows a different story. 

Rodriguez has been charged with aggravated assault.