Sex offender arrested in Mountain View incident a suspect in San Mateo attack 

click to enlarge Video surveillance captured footage of a man who assaulted a girl at a Barnes & Noble store in San Mateo in June. A San Jose man has been named a suspect. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Video surveillance captured footage of a man who assaulted a girl at a Barnes & Noble store in San Mateo in June. A San Jose man has been named a suspect.

A registered sex offender whom Mountain View police arrested earlier this month for allegedly behaving lewdly toward two young children at a Wal-Mart is also a suspect in a San Mateo incident in which a 10-year-old was attacked in a bookstore.

Christopher Miller, 70, of San Jose was arrested Sept. 7 after he reportedly touched himself inappropriately in front of a woman’s two young children about 4:30 p.m. at the retail store in Mountain View. The mother reportedly shouted at Miller and reported the incident to a Wal-Mart employee, who contacted Mountain View police.

Police were able to discern a description of Miller’s car, license plate and direction of travel, they said, and were able to track him down as he was fleeing the scene.

During the course of their investigation, officers suspected Miller matched the description of a suspect in two other cases, one in San Mateo and the other in Union City.

On June 23, a 10-year-old girl was lured away to an isolated area in a Barnes & Noble bookstore in San Mateo and attacked, police said. On July 25, a man matching Miller’s description exposed himself to a mother and three young girls at a Burger King in Union City.

The perpetrator in all of these cases wore a fisherman-style hat, police said.

Police in San Mateo have identified Miller as a suspect in their case, while Union City police believe he is a suspect in their case as well. Charges are pending in both San Mateo and Alameda counties. Miller is in custody at Santa Clara County Jail.

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