UPDATED: Man, 47, arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting woman at Mall of Abilene massage business
Abilene police arrested a 47-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at a massage business in the Mall of Abilene, 4310 Buffalo Gap Road.
Jingbo Xu was arrested on a felony sexual assault charge after the alleged victim identified him, police said.
According to an arrest report, the assault allegedly happened when a woman fell asleep on a massage table at the business while Xu was massaging her.
In a signed affidavit, the victim told police she woke up with her pants down and Xu was touching her inappropriately.
Police officials said they believe it is an isolated incident, but the investigation is ongoing. Xu is charged with felony sexual assault and, as of Wednesday, is in the Taylor County Jail on $100,000 bond.
“APD is working with Mall of Abilene’s management to help reassure them about these circumstances, and in turn, reassure the public that this appears to have been an isolated incident,” Abilene police spokesman George Spindler said in the release.
“Out of an abundance of caution we are reaching out to the public by asking them to report any information they may have related to this incident or any similar incident.”
If you have any information, Spindler said, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (325) 676-6610.
Meanwhile, in a prepared statement, Mall of Abilene General Manager Alice Church said mall officials are “currently gathering information on the incident.”
“Because this situation is under police investigation, we cannot comment any further and suggest that you contact the Abilene Police Department,” Church said. “We are working with local police and must stress that this is an isolated incident. The safety of our shoppers and employees is a top priority for our property. As part of our commitment to promoting a safe shopping environment we maintain a highly trained security staff including APD officers who are prepared to respond to a variety of emergency situations.
“We take numerous proactive security measures that include maintaining daily security patrols of our center and surrounding lots and coordinate very closely with local officials as a routine practice. If requested, we also provide an escort to the parking lot at any time required.”
Here's Wednesday's entire morning police report from Spindler:
At about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Jacob Weise responded to an assault call at a business in the 4300 block of Buffalo Gap Road. A female notified APD dispatch that she had been sexually assaulted at the business. Officer Weise’s investigation revealed that the victim was an adult female and that the alleged sexual assault occurred inside the business. The known male subject was contacted and positively identified as the subject involved in the assault. The investigation led to the arrest of the male subject who was arrested on a charge of felony sexual assault. This investigation continues.
At about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Loren Adlesperger contacted a motorist in the 2000 block of South 14th Street for speeding. Officer Adlesperger contacted the female driver and smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The vehicle was occupied by two other persons. The driver began conducting field sobriety tests and performed one of the tests poorly. The driver then became uncooperative and kept wanting to get back inside her vehicle. Her actions led to her arrest. A search of the driver revealed a clear plastic bag containing marijuana that was located inside her pocket. A records check of the driver and passengers was conducted. That check revealed that the driver had three municipal arrest warrants for traffic violations and that one of the passengers, a female, had an outstanding arrest warrant for theft. Application for a search warrant for a sample of the driver’s blood was made and granted by a judge. The driver was arrested on her warrants and for misdemeanor DWI and possession of marijuana. The passenger was arrested on her warrant. This investigation continues.
At about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Jordan Brown contacted a motorist in the 5000 block of North 10th Street for a traffic violation. Officer Brown contacted the male driver and smelled the odor of burning marijuana. The driver advised Officer Brown that he had smoked some marijuana and that he currently possessed some in a bag. A search revealed a clear plastic bag containing marijuana. The driver was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
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