Long Beach Man Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Battery

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LONG BEACH (CNS) - A 33-year-old man suspected of at least eight sexual batteries in Long Beach was arrested today.

Christopher Royal Starr was arrested at his home in the 1600 block of East First Street and booked on three counts of sexual battery following an investigation into the batteries, which allegedly occurred between May and September of last year, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

The first battery was reported at 5:38 p.m. May 30 near the area of Redondo Avenue and Anaheim Street, and all following batteries took place within about two miles from the first scene, according to police.

Subsequent batteries were reported on June 29 near Third Street and Cherry Avenue, Aug. 16 near Temple Avenue and Fourth Street and another that day near Orizaba Avenue and Fourth Street, Aug. 30 near Alamitos Avenue and East Broadway, Sept. 3 near Alamitos Avenue and Third Street, Sept. 12 near Alamitos Avenue and Second Street and on Friday in the area of Redondo Avenue and Fourth Street.

``Generally, the incidents involved female adult victims and occurred while the victims were walking alone,'' according to the LBPD.

``During several of the incidents, it was reported that the suspect appeared to be jogging, and as he passed the victim, he would commit a sexual battery and flee from the area on foot.''

Starr's bail was set at $100,000.

Anyone who may have been a victim of Starr's was asked to call LBPD Detective William Neal at 562-570-7368. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

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