• Man allegedly accosted women at mall, tried to escape custody

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    TAUNTON, Mass. - A 33-year-old man is accused of accosting three young women at a Taunton mall Sunday night. 

    Police said 33-year-old Wayne Erickson walked up to three young women who were sitting together at the food court. He allegedly made "accosting remarks" as he placed his hands on their shoulders; the women told him to leave them alone. 

    The women reported Erickson, of Kingston, to mall security, who in turn notified Taunton Police mall detail. 

    Officers found and stopped Erickson, who allegedly gave them a fake name. He then was taken to the security office, where they learned his identity. He then tried to flee custody, said police, but was taken down and wrestled until they put handcuffs on him. 

    Erikson was transported to the Taunton Police Department where he was booked on three counts of accosting, two counts of Assault and Battery and one count of resisting arrest.

    Additionally he had an outstanding warrant from Waltham District Court.

    He was arraigned in Taunton District Court Monday morning. 

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