A man who made lewd comments and flashed young girls in Grapevine and Plano was arrested Friday afternoon.
Kenneth Roblez, 38, was arrested in the parking lot of a grocery store in Irving. Police said they recognized the car he was driving and were able to detain him. He was arrested on a warrant out of Dallas County for failing to register as a sex offender.
Grapevine police started searching for him after he made lewd comments to a 9-year-old girl at a Target over the weekend.
Police said Roblez was inside the Target on Ira E Woods and Highway 114 on Sunday and he walked up to a girl. He made comments to her about touching her. He then later walked up to a mother with her 11-year-old daughter and made comments to the mom about doing sexual things to her daughter.
The mother of one of the girls told FOX 4 Roblez approached her talking about sexual acts involving her daughter. By the time she notified the store, he was already gone. But there is surveillance video of him in the women's section of Target.
Police also believe Roblez exposed himself to a 9-year old girl Tuesday as she walked home from Dove Elementary School. In that case, a dark grey or silver sedan drove up to next to the girl and a heavyset man between 30 and 40 years old exposed himself to her a few blocks from the school.
Plano police released surveillance video from the Target on Highway 75 and Parker Road on Sept. 30. The suspect in the video matches Roblez’s description.
Police think he’s the man who made lewd comments at a Walmart in Plano on Sept. 23 and then lifted a young girl’s skirt at Target on Sept. 24. She screamed and he ran away.
Roblez is also believed to be linked to a similar incident in Plano. Police say a man approached a young girl at a Target on Sept. 24 to talk to her and then lifted her skirt up. When she screamed, police say the man fled to store.
Roblez has a long criminal history that includes charges for theft, prostitution, solicitation of a minor and indecency with a child. Court records state he served prison time for those offenses and failed to notify police of his location as required by his release. He was most recently released from prison in May.
Roblez served time twice since 2007 for child sex crimes. Back in 2012, Fort Worth police say when officers questioned him in a theft case inside the Walmart on Beach, his pants were unzipped and he told officers it was because he was checking out a girl in the cosmetics section.
He is being held on a $50,000 bond for the failure to register as a sex offender charge. He has no bond on the parole violation.