A 73-year-old man who police say exposed his genitals to a child inside a Toms River store has been arrested.
Gustavo Miranda of Buena Vista Drive in the Holiday City section of Berkeley Township is facing various charges, including sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and lewdness, according to Ralph Stocco, spokesman for the Toms River Police Department.
After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Miranda surrendered to authorities on Nov. 18 and posted $75,000 bail pending a future court appearance, Stocco said.
Authorities allege that Miranda followed an 8-year-old girl through multiple aisles of the Dollar Tree store at 1358 Hooper Avenue on Nov. 6 and then exposed his genitals to the child.
Toms River Det. Thomas Grosse and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Lindsay Woodfield identified Miranda after receiving numerous tips from the public following the release of surveillance video, according to Stocco.
“We wish to thank the media and public for their involvement and assistance in identifying the suspect in this case,” Stocco said. “We are exploring the possibility that there may be other victims.”
Anyone with information should call Toms River Police Det. Thomas Grosse (732) 349-0150 ext. 1263 or Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Lindsay Woodfield at (732) 929-2027.