KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — Kokomo police arrested a man they say is responsible for sexually assaulting a young boy inside a Goodwill store.
It happened last Thursday inside the Goodwill on West Sycamore Street. Breighton T. Wells, 28, was being held Tuesday in the Howard County jail without bond.
Police describe this case as disturbing. They say it only took seconds for the man to prey on a young child.
“That’s terrifying to think in a store this size that someone could get your child, you know just for a second and do something that horrible to him,” said Jamy Walker, who was shopping at Goodwill on Tuesday.
According to police, the child had gotten separated from his parent moments before the assault happened.
Walker has children and grandchildren.
“That just goes to show you can’t take your eyes off of them for a minute.”
Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect in this case. Kokomo police posted those on social media and within hours they started receiving tips that led them to Wells.
“The public’s help was vital in this investigation,” said Maj. Brian Seldon with Kokomo police .
“This is something that could have gotten worse. He was preying on children and definitely we want to take this individual off the street.”
Shoppers at Goodwill were shocked to hear about this crime.
“You just ought to be able to shop at a store and not have to think about stuff like that. That’s disgusting. I’m glad they got him off the street for sure,” said Matthew Walker, who also has children and grandchildren.
It’s something the Walkers say they’ll make sure to talk to their kids about.
“You don’t have to be rude. You don’t have to be impolite, but always be aware,” said Jamy Walker.
“There is no worse crime, I think, than to harm a child, and something of that nature is going to be with them the rest of their life,” Matthew Walker said.
Wells is being held on a preliminary felony charge of child molestation. An initial court date has not yet been set.