Battery Warrant Issued for Crawfordville Walmart "Butt Grabber"

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Crawfordville, Florida - November 2, 2011 -

Battery warrants have been issued for a 20-year-old Crawfordville man who is accused of grabbing the buttocks of three females while the women were shopping in the Crawfordville WalMart, according to Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum.

The Wakulla County cases were reported on Nov. 1 although one occurred on Oct. 31. Matthew Thomas Vautier was arrested by Leon County Sheriff’s Office investigators on Nov. 1 after allegedly committing the same act at the North Monroe Street WalMart.

Undersheriff Maurice Langston said, “On Nov. 1, a 42-year-old Crawfordville woman reported a battery that occurred at WalMart on Oct. 31. The victim was shopping in the store when a male walking in the opposite direction down an aisle slapped her on her buttocks. After slapping her, the suspect wished the victim a ‘Happy Halloween.’ The victim reported the incident to management.”

Later on Nov. 1, a 28-year-old Crawfordville woman reported shopping in the Wal-Mart grocery section when the same male grabbed her buttocks and said “Trick or Treat” before running toward the exit. Digital images of the suspect and his vehicle were collected.

Still later on Nov. 1, a 33-year-old Crawfordville woman reported having her buttocks grabbed by the same subject while grocery shopping before he ran away.

Vautier was driving the same vehicle used in Crawfordville when he was arrested in Leon County. A Crawfordville Wal-Mart supervisor was able to correctly identify Vautier through a photographic line-up after witnessing him running through the store.

Deputy Cole Wells, Deputy Rachel Oliver, Lt. Brad Taylor and Lt. Danny Harrell investigated the cases. Battery is a first degree misdemeanor.

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