Hobbs police refute claims they mishandled groping investigation

New Mexico
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HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) – Hobbs police are defending the way officers investigated a possible groping.

Police say they were called out to the Walmart on Sunday after the incident was reported. A woman also wrote on social media that a man groped her daughter, and expressed frustration with the police response.

Monday, police wrote on Facebook they interviewed the 20-year-old victim and the 53-year-old suspect and completed a battery report. They refuted claims the investigation was not handled appropriately, saying “police officers cannot make an immediate arrest in a case such as this unless they witness the incident.”

KRQE News 13 reached out to the department for more information about the investigation but did not hear back.

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