Man charged with groping 8-year-old girl in Stamford

STAMFORD — A city construction worker is being held on a $50,000 court appearance bond after police say he tried to buy off an 8-year-old girl with a $5 bill and grope her at an East Side Laundromat while her mother was folding clothes.

Jairo Ramirez-Garcia, 32, of 597 Pacific St., Stamford, was charged on a warrant Saturday with attempted fourth-degree sexual assault and a felony charge of risk of injury to a minor.

According to his three-page arrest affidavit, the Guatemalan national was at the Wash Works Laundry on East Main St. on Aug. 9 when he walked up behind the child and grabbed her.

During a Sexual Assault Response Team interview the girl said the man, who she did not know, approached her from behind and offered her a $5 bill. The man then reached around her and touched her right leg. He then took his other hand and slid his hands under her shorts and touched her inner leg. The girl then told the man to stop and at that point the girl’s mother, who was folding clothes, attacked the man. She tried to hold the man there for police, but he escaped after she tore off his shirt.

The mother said she has seen the man masturbating near the men’s room of the Laundromat in the past.

The woman told police that before the man began to molest her daughter she saw him go up to another young female in the Laundromat. The woman said she immediately grabbed the girl and took her to the girl’s father for safety.

Police were able to identify Ramirez-Garcia as a suspect and through a photo line-up the mother of the girl said it was Ramirez-Garcia, who grabbed her daughter.

He is scheduled to make a plea to the charges with his public defender on Sept. 9 at the Stamford courthouse.