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Registered Sex Offender Assaults Woman in Dressing Room

June 3, 2013, 5:20 PM HST
* Updated June 4, 10:10 AM
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Charles Cowan is being held at the Wailuku Police Station in lieu of $100,000 bail after being charged with first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping for an incident on Friday, May 31. Photo courtesy of the Maui Police Department.

Charles Cowan is being held at the Wailuku Police Station in lieu of $100,000 bail after being charged with first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping for an incident on Friday, May 31. Photo courtesy of the Maui Police Department.

By Maui Now Staff

After registering as a sex offender at the Wailuku Police Station Friday, May 31, Charles Cowan sexually assaulted a woman in a store dressing room and then tried to escape.

Cowan, 43, reportedly dragged a 33-year-old woman into a store dressing room at Maui Mall, then sexually assaulted her, police said.

The suspect was being held at the Wailuku Police Station in lieu of $100,000 bail after being charged with first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping, according to media reports in The Maui News and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

An off-duty police officer who was in the area reportedly helped detain Cowan outside the store after the woman yelled for help, according to one of the publications.

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