Man charged with groping bus passengers

Saturday , June 07, 2014 - 7:59 AM

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Miguel Angel Granados Mendoza...

TREMONTON — A transient apparently lacking a permanent address has new accommodations in the Box Elder County Jail after groping his fellow bus travelers, allegedly laughing all the way.

Miguel Angel Granados Mendoza, 61, this week was formally charged in 1st District Court in Brigham City with sexual battery. Also, disorderly conduct for “knowingly creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition, by any act which serves no legitimate purpose.” His arraignment is set for Monday.

Mendoza was a passenger on a Greyhound bus nearing Tremonton when events unfolded, officials said. He was eventually taken off the bus in handcuffs by police at the Tremonton bus stop.

He first groped the genitals of a sleeping male passenger, according to the reports his officers filed, said Tremonton Sgt. Todd Hunsaker.

“The male victim woke up and Mr. Mendoza started laughing and went to another seat on the bus,” Hunsaker said.

He then sat next to a female passenger and began touching her thigh, which cause her to panic, according to charging documents on the incident the afternoon of May 29, and slap his hands away. “She slapped his hands, so he left her,” the sergeant said. “He thought it was pretty funny.”

Next he went to another male passenger who was awake, Hunsaker said, and tried to touch his private areas.

“He was rebuffed,” Hunsaker said. “And by now the bus driver called it in. But he was still laughing. He was laughing right up until we arrested him.”

And Mendoza resumed laughing again at the jail as he was being interviewed by police through an interpreter, he said, as he speaks no English.

A city in Oregon is the man’s last known address, and anything resembling a prior, permanent address could not be found. “He’s probably a drifter, it’s hard to say,” Hunsaker said. “He has the appearance of a homeless person.” Any personal belongings of his on the bus would be forwarded to his destination in a case where someone is taken off a bus, he said.

Contact reporter Tim Gurrister at 801-625-4238, tgurrister@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @tgurrister

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