A man who had been terrorizing a female store clerk in Salt Lake City, including sexually assaulting her while she held her baby in her arms, was arrested by police Monday.

Maurice Burton Wells, 68, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of forcible sexual abuse and simple assault. He was being held Tuesday on no bail.

Three times since Nov. 30, Burton walked into a business on State Street in Salt Lake City and assaulted the female clerk, said Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Bedard. Police did not want to reveal the name of the business Tuesday to protect the clerk.

On Nov. 30 Wells went into the store and while the woman was holding her baby, "pinned her up against the counter," according to a Salt Lake City Jail report. He then inappropriately touched the woman in several areas, both under and over her clothing, the report stated.

The man returned two more times, on Dec. 12 and 13, Bedard said. On one of those days he sexually assaulted the woman again, and on the other day grabbed a box of nutcrackers from the shelves of the store and threw them at her, he said.

After the man left, the woman got up the courage to follow him and write down his license plate number, Bedard said.

"She was extremely brave," he said.

Investigators had been looking for the man since the first attack but were unable to track anyone down, Bedard said. After receiving the license plate number, investigators found the man at his home in Sandy. They went to his home Monday, he answered the door and was placed under arrest, Bedard said.


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