Police say there may be more victims of Target flasher

Ramsey County investigators say it has evidence of additional victims.
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Aaron Cecil Patton

Investigators in the east Twin Cities metro say that a man who flashed and touched women at a Target store may have struck before.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office has issued a public appeal as it wants to hear from more victims of Aaron Patton.

The 38-year-old truck driver from Chicago was arrested and charged with criminal sexual conduct this past week following an incident at a Target store in Vadnais Heights.

"Investigators have evidence of additional victims and are asking anyone to come forward," the sheriff's office said on Friday.

Patton flashed and touched two Target shoppers last Sunday.

According to the criminal complaint, an employee told police that one of the women complained that Patton was "inappropriately bumping up against her repeatedly with his 'crotch,'" before she promptly left the store.

A second woman reported the same man walking up behind her and rubbing his penis on her, after telling police that she'd noticed him following her throughout the store.

After he rubbed against her, she turned around to see that his pant fly was gaping open and he was fully aroused.

Patton, a long-distance trucker whose semi-trailer was parked outside, told police that people were bumping up against him, rather than the other way round.

Any more victims of Patton should call police on 651-266-7320.

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