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Charles Amofa, 25, confessed to assaulting a six-year-old girl on Monday as well as another girl on July 9.
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Charles Amofa, 25, confessed to assaulting a six-year-old girl on Monday as well as another girl on July 9.

A 25-year-old man who allegedly sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl earlier this week has been arrested, thanks in large part to an alert Prince George's County police officer.

Police say Charles Amofa lured the young girl out of a thrift store in Hyattsville, Md., saying he wanted to show her a toy. Amofa then took the girl to a playground nearby and sexually assaulted her.

"When the officer, who had seen a picture of the girl on her father's cell phone in the store, came upon this man holding a six-year-girl's hand in the park, he said his police instincts kicked in," says Julie Parker, a spokesperson for Prince George's County Police. Officer Fredys Castro-Rivas arrested Amofa approximately 30 minutes after the victim was reported missing.

Police say Amofa also admitted to the attempted sexual assault and kidnapping of an 8-year-old girl at the same store on July 9. In that incident, he allegedly tried to lure the girl from the thrift store and assault her as well, but the would-be victim fought him off and escaped.

Amofa will face charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and child abuse.

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