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EBRSO: Man arrested after approaching several women

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Posted: Apr 7, 2014 12:53 PM by Greg Renoud
Updated: Apr 7, 2014 12:53 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies arrested the man believed to have approached two juveniles in the parking lot of Cheer Force Academy, grabbed a woman at a Bally's Total Fitness, and approached a woman outside her apartment was arrested early Monday morning.

Deputies found Joshua Elias Fino, 19, of 15659 Ferrell Avenue at his house at around 2:30 a.m.

Fino admitted to sitting in the Cheer Force parking lot on Sunday watching pornography on his cell phone and committing a lewd act. He also admitted to following a woman from Bally's Fitness to her vehicle and filmed her walking.

Officials say Fino also admitted to a March 31 incident where he approached a woman at Oakleigh Apartments and asked her inappropriate questions. Fino says he walked away when the woman declined. He says he later laid down on a parking curb and touched himself in the view of a female walking to her apartment.

On March 24, officials responded to an incident where two teenage girls were approached by a man believed to be Fino made inappropriate sexual comments in the parking lot of Cheer Force Academy. The two girls left in their vehicle.

Employees tell deputies that the man returned later that night and was looking through the front glass door wearing only a t-shirt and underwear. He fled the scene when an employee attempted to make contact.

Deputies responded to a call on Sunday night in reference to trespassing by the same man. He sped away when a staff member approached his vehicle.

On March 27, a woman was reportedly approached by Fino while leaving Bally's Gym at Perkins Rowe.

According to authorities, the victim says the man appeared to be recording her with his cell phone as she walked to her vehicle. The man then approached her and began asking personal questions. When the woman tried to get away, the suspect grabbed her arm. The woman was able to pull free and drive off.

Fino is charged with attempted simple kidnapping, simple battery, obscenity, criminal trespassing and video voyeurism.

IMAGE: Courtesy EBRSO

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