Spokane Valley Sexual Assault Detectives are investigating reports of a man following, grabbing and taking video of young girls at stores. Investigators believe there are potential victims who have not yet reported this activity to police and are encouraging potential victims to come forward.
On Monday, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Detective Kevin Richey began following up on reports of a strange man who had reportedly been following, recording and in some instances, grabbing young females at the Spokane Valley Wal-Mart located at 15727 E. Broadway in Spokane Valley.
One of the reported incidents happened on November 1, where the suspect approached a 12-year-old girl and her sister as they were looking at toys. The man, later identified as 29-year-old Michael A. Streeter, was holding a cell phone in his hand and appeared to be recording the young girls. Streeter reached with his other hand and grabbed the 12-year-old's buttocks. Frightened, the girls ran away and told their mom, who was a couple of aisles away.
The incident was immediately reported to the store loss prevention and Spokane Valley deputies who responded to the store to investigate.
During the investigation, detectives learned there was a similar incident had happened where a man followed a mother and her two daughters, 15 and 20 years old, through the store. He was holding a phone in his hand and would move so close to them it caused them to fear for their safety and leave the store.
The mother noticed the same man in the store a couple of days later and took photos of the man and reported the information.
Streeter was contacted at his work, which is in the same general area as the Wal-Mart. He was immediately recognized as the suspect seen in the store surveillance video and the picture that was provided.
Streeter was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail following an interview. He's currently being held on a charge of second degree child molestation.
As this case continues to be investigated, Detectives believe there are additional victims or witnesses to similar incidents who have not reported the information and are releasing photos of Streeter with the hope of identifying any additional victims/witnesses.
Anyone who believes they have been a victim or witnessed similar activity is urged to call SAU Detective Kevin Richey at 509-477-3296, reference #10153661.