A homeless man was arrested Sunday after a child said he assaulted her in a convenience store restroom, police reported.
Christopher Todd Gard, 40, was arrested on complaints of aggravated assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm during a felony, kidnapping and indecent exposure.
Police were called about 8:05 p.m. to the 500 block of S Meridian Avenue and found Gard with a firearm, according to the incident report.
The 8-year-old girl's family pulled into the convenience store to get gasoline, and the girl said she needed to go to the bathroom, relatives told police. One of the family members walked with her into the convenience store, and the girl went into the restroom by herself, according to the report.
The family member waiting outside the restroom heard screaming and tried to open the door but it was locked, according to the report.
The family member found an employee who opened the door with a key. The girl ran out into the store, and the man followed, holding a firearm, the family member told police.
The man tried to fight with other family members, but one was able to hold him down until officers arrived.
The girl said when she went into the restroom, the man was wearing only underwear. Police reported the underwear was small, red and looked like women's underwear.
The man locked the girl in the restroom and put a shirt or jacket around her neck and began choking her, according to the report.
The officer noted the girl had red marks on her neck, her chin and her cheek.
Police reported Gard tried to choke himself with a seat belt and a leather belt while he was sitting in the police car. Officers took him out of the vehicle and called paramedics, who took him to a hospital.
After Gard was medically examined, he was taken to Oklahoma County jail. His bail was set at $66,000, a jail official said Monday afternoon.