Police: Teen arrested for forcibly touching a woman at Target in Commack

According to police, a 72-year-old woman contacted police on Nov. 18 to report that a man forcibly touched her in a sexual manner while she was shopping.

News 12 Staff

Feb 7, 2024, 10:32 AM

Updated 128 days ago

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Police say a Huntington Station man has been arrested for forcibly touching a woman at a Target in Commack in November.
According to police, a 72-year-old woman contacted police on Nov. 18 to report that a man forcibly touched her in a sexual manner while she was shopping at the Target located at Veterans Memorial Highway.
The victim spoke exclusively with News 12 and says she is infuriated.
“All I did was go in to go shopping, I mean that’s what really angers me,” she says. “How can I go into a public place like this and get molested? I was, I’m furious about it, absolutely furious.”
Following an investigation by detectives, Michael Harrison was arrested at his home on Feb. 3 at 11:02 a.m.
Detectives charged Harrison, 19, with forcible touching. Harrison was issued a desk appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned on a later date.
Suffolk County Detective Lt. Michael Crowley said, "Suffolk County police are concerned that there may be other victims of Mr. Harrison out there, we're asking anyone with any information on this case or anyone who feels they might have been victimized by Mr. Harrison."
Detectives are asking anyone who believes they could be a victim of Harrison to contact the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.
A spokesperson for Target said, "The safety of our guests and team members is Target's top priority and we have robust procedures, policies and training in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work. We have no tolerance for this kind of behavior and will continue to assist law enforcement with their investigation and provide anything they need."


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