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Man accused of attacking girl in Oklahoma City convenience store restroom

BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Modified: September 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm •  Published: September 16, 2013

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.

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