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Police arrest probationer after gropings near Horton Plaza

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A probationer was back behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of groping three female pedestrians in quick succession on downtown roadsides near Horton Plaza.

Arturo Hugo Lopez, 43, allegedly accosted the victims and grabbed their buttocks over a roughly 10-minute period Tuesday afternoon in the 700 block of G Street, near the intersection of Market and Union streets, and at Front and West C streets, according to San Diego police.

A U.S. Homeland Security agent who witnessed the third encounter while driving through the area followed the suspected assailant in his car for a short distance, then pulled over and chased him down along with two security guards, SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer said.

Lopez stopped running and surrendered shortly before 3 p.m. when the federal officer pulled his gun and ordered him to halt, Mayer said.

The suspect was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday.

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