Authorities say Christopher Miller’s fisherman-style hat helped police to identify him as a suspect in multiple incidents around the Bay Area involving lewd behavior toward children.
A registered sex offender arrested for lewd behavior toward two young children at a Mountain View Wal-Mart has been named as a suspect in two similar Bay Area incidents also involving children.
Christopher Miller, 70, was arrested Sept. 7 after a mother shopping at the Wal-Mart store noticed the suspect “touching himself inappropriately while staring at her two female children,” according to police.
During their investigation, police say they quickly realized that Miller, who lives in San Jose, matched the description of the suspect in two other cases in which a man wore a “fisherman-style” hat.
San Mateo police detectives have identified Miller as the suspect in an assault that occurred at a Barnes & Noble bookstore. Back in June, a 10-year-old girl was lured away to an isolated part of the store and attacked, according to police.
Then, on July 25, police say a man matching the description of the Barnes & Noble suspect exposed himself to a mother and three girls at a Burger King restaurant in Union City.
Miller was booked into Santa Clara County Jail and remains in custody. He has been charged with the crime of Annoying or Molesting a Child in the Wal-Mart incident. Charges are pending in the other two cases.
Prior to his arrest, Miller was already awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to exposing himself at a Renaissance fair in Gilroy last October. He is next due in court Oct. 4.
Police say Miller might be responsible for other unreported incidents. Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact law enforcement.
Video footage of the suspect was captured on the Barnes & Noble store’s surveillance cameras: