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Man charged with harassing women at Mission Valley shopping center

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 19:07:00-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The San Diego City Attorney's Office has filed charges against a man accused of harassing multiple women at a Mission Valley shopping center.

Three misdemeanor charges were filed against Orlando Chavez of San Diego, including two for false imprisonment, and one for criminal assault and battery. The City Attorney's Office says Chavez held some women against their will by climbing under their cars and refusing to come out.

City officials say Chavez would approach most of his victims in a shopping center at 10330 Friars Rd. In one instance, he reportedly grabbed one woman by the arm and told her, “You can flatten me out any time.”

The City Attorney's official initially indicated the incidents took place at Westfield Mission Valley, but later said that was incorrect.

In another instance, he reportedly followed a woman into her workplace, and approached another victim as she waited to pick up her children at school. City officials say police investigated him for stalking that woman for nearly two years and slashing the tires of her husband’s car.

"Everyone has the right to feel safe when going to work, shopping, or picking up their children at school," City Attorney Mara Elliott said. "As City Attorney, I take seriously threatening and harassing behaviors like this and will hold accountable individuals who endanger the safety of any San Diegan."

Investigators added that Chavez, 72, has a history of crawling under women's vehicles to prevent them from leaving dating back to 2018.

In multiple incidents, he was seen driving a white Chevrolet truck, with a personalized license plate reading HINUF. Any additional witnesses or victims are urged to contact the City Attorney’s Criminal Division at 619-533-5500.