A man in Oklahoma is accused of raping a young girl in a McDonald’s bathroom, KFOR-TV reports.
Police on Tuesday arrested 37-year-old Joshua Kabatra on allegations of first-degree rape and lewd acts with a child.
“Who would ever suspect someone would sneak into the bathroom, a child’s, in a play area and commit this type of crime,” Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes told the news station.
Authorities reportedly the girl was with a daycare group at a McDonald’s in Midwest City, a suburb of Oklahoma City.
The girl went to a bathroom near the restaurant’s play area, and after about five minutes, daycare staff checked on her.
However, the door to the bathroom was locked and no one answered immediately, Clabes told the news station.
Kabatra soon exited the bathroom and reportedly said, “I was just washing my hands.”
Daycare employees spoke with the 4-year-old girl, who said Kabatra asked her to touch him and then molested her, KOCO-TV reports.
Kabatra initially told officers that he had started to feel ill, went to the bathroom and knocked on the door. He reportedly said he then opened the door, saw a female on the toilet and threw up in the sink.
Kabatra eventually admitted to sexually assaulting the child, according to KOCO-TV.
“It’s just a horrific situation for any parent, a nightmare for any child and certainly for the daycare,” Clabes said.
Kabatra is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail.
In a statement obtained by KFOR-TV , a McDonald’s spokesperson said the restaurant is assisting authorities.
“At McDonald’s, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers,” the statement read. “We are deeply disturbed by the incident that occurred at one of our Oklahoma restaurants earlier this week. We are fully cooperating with the police during their investigation. At this time, our thoughts are with the victim and others impacted by this incident.”
Investigators believe Kabatra may have victimized others, according to KWTV. Anyone who recognizes Kabatra is asked to contact police at 405-739-1320.
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