Arizona sheriffs speak to "investigative lead" in sexual assaults of 3 Hawaii girls

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pima County Sheriffs in Arizona say they have located and spoken with a man they call an "investigative lead" in the sexual assaults of three Hawaii girls vacationing in Tucson.

Authorities are not calling the man seen in a convenience store surveillance video a suspect. They said he has cooperated fully with investigators.

The Sherrif's Department released surveillance video on Wednesday from a Circle K convenience store in northeast Tucson near where the assaults took place. The video shows a man who appears to match the suspect's description, a Caucasian in his twenties who was last seen wearing dark shorts, a green sleeveless shirt and dark colored glasses.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, three girls ages six, eight and 10 were in a bedroom when a man they did not know entered the home at approximately 2 a.m. on April 30 and "committed acts of sexual assault."

Richard Kastigar, of the Pima County Sheriff's Department, says it is unknown to what extent each of the girls was victimized.

After the assaults, authorities canvassed the area and conducted interviews in the neighborhood at North Melpomene Way and East Snyder Road, near the Catalina Highway. Authorities have made contact with registered sex offenders in the area, Kastigar said.

Officials say the home is owned by the girls' grandparents. The girls and their mother were visiting from Hawaii and had arrived a few days before the assault.

The suspect in the case is described as a white man in his 20s with dark hair, dark-colored glasses and was last seen wearing dark shorts and green sleeveless shirt.

Information from our affiliate, Tucson News Now, was used in this story.

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