ANDERSON, Calif. - Anderson Police Officers arrested a Sacramento man after they say he grabbed a woman, pinning her against a wall at a 7-Eleven in Anderson.
Anderson Police Officers said they responded to a 7-Eleven convenience store located in the 3100 block of Anderson from a report of a disturbance on Dec. 20 around 7 p.m.
Officers contacted a victim at the location who reported she was confronted by a man who she didn’t know. The suspect was later identified as 31-year-old Herman Gayles Junior of Sacramento, according to officers.
The victim said she was approached by Gayles while walking along Ravenwood Drive just south of the 7-eleven. The victim said Gayles grabbed her arm, she expressed to Gayles that she had no desire to speak with him, however, he continued to do so, officers said.
He continued to make several lewd comments, and then pinned the victim against the wall of the 7-Eleven, officers said.
The victim reported a man with Gayles attempted to verbally intervene. During this time the victim was able to get away and walked into the 7-Eleven. Once inside, she asked a store clerk to call the police. The victim left the scene but returned shortly after to complete a police report, officers said.
Officers eventually located Gayles at a local bar and detained him. He was then interviewed where he denied grabbing the victim. However, he stated he is often upfront and direct with women on his desires, and claimed was not overly aggressive, officers said.
The man with Gayles reported that he had only met him the day before the scene. The man indicated that Gayles approached about 30 women while they were driving in Shasta County. However, the man said Gayles physically touched two women.
Eventually, officers were able to identify the second woman Gayles had physical contact with. The second woman reported the only physical contact she had with him was a handshake. The woman added that no criminal activity occurred, according to authorities.
Investigators arrested Gayles on charges of assault to commit a lewd act, false imprisonment, and battery.
The investigating officers considered charging Gayles with several additional sex-related charges, however, based on the statements made during the interviews and the evidence obtained in this investigation the elements for those crimes were not met, officers said.
Gayles remains in custody at the Shasta County Jail.