Man accused of grabbing boy in Grove City Walmart bathroom arrested

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GROVE CITY, Pa. —

State police in Mercer County said they arrested a man accused of grabbing a boy in a Walmart bathroom.

Shawn Miller, 27, of Grove City, was arrested Friday by state police in Mercer County. He is facing several charges including unlawful restraint and simple assault. 

Troopers said Miller pulled a 9-year-old boy into a bathroom stall at the Walmart in Grove City Thursday night.

Investigators said the boy was able to get away, but the man then tried grabbing him a second time. The boy then began screaming for his father, who was waiting outside the bathroom.

State police said Miller then ran out of the store and into a nearby wooded area. Surveillance images were released Thursday night shortly after the incident, and police quickly arrested Miller hours later. 

“We put the pictures out to the media and within minutes of that release, we started getting tips,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Tom Dubovi said.

According to the criminal complaint, Miller told detectives the kid got mouthy with him and he grabbed him to hit the boy.

The complaint also said the boy’s father caught up with Miller outside and asked him, “Did you put your hands on my son?”

According to the complaint, Miller said, “Yes I did, but he came into the stall when I was in there.”

“This is serious. This is a felony and we believe he was trying to hurt this young boy,” Dubovi said.