Report: Stranger assaults child in Gastonia Hobby Lobby

- Gastonia Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who reportedly hit a child on the rear end and grabbed their shoulder.

A woman was shopping with a child at Hobby Lobby on Franklin Boulevard on Saturday around 6:20 p.m. when the incident happened.

Polcie say the suspect is described as 200 pounds, with brown hair, wearing a tan print shirt. The suspect was in the store with another man with brown hair who was wearing a gray polo-type shirt with white stripes.

Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to call Gastonia Police Detective C.D. Waldroup at 704-866-6939 or Crime Stoppers of Gaston County at (704) 861-8000.

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