Security guard arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting teen girl in Fullerton

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Friday, February 10, 2023
OC security guard arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting teen
A 34-year-old security guard was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Fullerton earlier this week.

FULLERTON, Calif. (KABC) -- A man working as a security guard was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a shopping center parking lot in Fullerton earlier this week.

Mohamed Mao, 34, of Anaheim, was booked on suspicion of assault with the intent to rape, kidnapping, sexual battery of a minor and impersonating a police officer, according to Fullerton police Capt. Jon Radus.

The alleged victim came to police with her parents at about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday to report that she had been sexually assaulted, according to the Fullerton Police Department.

The 17-year-old girl was with her boyfriend inside a parked vehicle in the 1800 block of Malvern Avenue near Amerige Heights Town Center. That's when a man in uniform ordered her to get in the backseat of his "security type" vehicle, police said.

The man locked her in the patrol car and drove off to another location in the shopping center where he sexually assaulted her, police said. The suspect let her go after she contacted her parents on the phone.

"Once FPD officers learned of the incident, officers drove to the location where the victim stated the assault occurred," police said. "While there, FPD officers observed Mao attempting to stop another vehicle in the shopping center's parking lot."

Radus said security guards aren't allowed to perform traffic stops.

It was Mao's second day on the job, police said.

Mao was then detained and arrested, but a spokesperson with the Orange County District Attorney's Office said they rejected the case for further investigation.

Police said Mao would remain in custody on another matter while detectives gathered further information, but jail records show he was released from custody at 9:46 p.m.

The suspect's employer, Brea-based VP Protection Inc., say Mao is no longer with the company.

The security company said they interviewed Mao and he looked "presentable." He had no criminal record and he was certified as a security guard at the time of his hiring, the company said.

Regency Centers, the property manager of the shopping center, said in a statement:

"We are horrified to learn of this incident. We have immediately suspended our security vendor while we investigate further. No one should have to experience this kind of incident, at our center or otherwise."

Detectives believe it's possible there are additional victims who have yet to come forward.

City News Service contributed to this report.