North Carolina

Man shoved his face into women’s butts at shopping center, NC cops say after arrest

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

A 25-year-old man accused of putting his face into women’s butts at a shopping center faces charges of sexual battery and assault, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Two of the alleged assaults happened on South Main Street in Kernersville, North Carolina, around a shopping center with a Target and Walmart, Fox 8 reports. A third assault happened on the same road toward the center of the suburban town outside Winston-Salem, according to the station.

Stefan Ryan Shuford faces three counts of sexual battery and three counts of assault on a female, Forsyth County jail records show. He remains in jail under a $55,000 bond, according to online records.

“He’s accused of sneaking up behind women and thrusting his face into their buttocks and licking their buttocks,” Fox 8 writes.

WFMY reports, “Police say Shuford would be in a parking lot acting as though he was tying his shoe or looking for something, once a woman walked by he would then grab them. Police say Shuford took off running after each incident.”

Police arrested Shuford Friday, according to jail records.

A magistrate said Shuford had been arrested after a similar assault complaint two weeks ago and was released after posting a $10,000 bond, the Journal reports.

Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.