Victim, 20, "felt something wet on her buttocks, thigh and leg"
--A Delaware man threw semen on a female customer shopping at Walmart Tuesday afternoon, police allege.
Cops arrested Frank J. Short Jr., 22, on an assortment of charges in connection with the repulsive incident at the store in New Castle. Short, seen in the below mug shot, was booked into a Wilmington jail, from which he was later released on bail.
According to a Delaware State Police report, the 20-year-old victim was standing in a Walmart aisle texting on her phone when Short walked past her, saying “Excuse me.” At that point, police noted, she “suddenly felt something wet on her buttocks, thigh and leg.”
Upon examination, the woman--who thought she may have been spat upon--realized there was a “a ‘glob’ of semen on her leg, just below her knee,” reported police. Preliminary testing of the substance was “indicative of semen,” investigators added.
The woman, who said she was initially “in shock at what had happened,” told cops that as she walked through Walmart looking for help, Short followed her. She subsequently was escorted by workers to a security office, where a store manager called police (who, upon arrival, arrested Short).
When confronted by troopers, Short initially claimed to have “sneezed into his hands, then shook his hands off,” adding that some of his mucus may have “flung on to her.” However, Short’s story fluctuated to include the claim that he actually spit in his hand and threw it at the woman. Short also admitted that he thought the woman was “hot” and had “pretended to ‘slap her ass.’”
In response to further questioning, Short--who was hyperventilating--reportedly copped to some severe creepiness, saying that he was a “loner” who “basically gets a thrill out of such an act.”
Short is facing offensive touching with bodily fluid; harassment; disorderly conduct; and lewdness counts. The lewdness charge alleges that Short “did take a substance into his hand, believed to be his own semen, and did place this substance upon the body of [the victim] because he was sexually attracted to her.”