A victim’s tip led to the arrest of man suspected of fondling the buttocks of a number of women in public places along West End Avenue, Metro Police announced Wednesday.
Awny Basta, 42, of Rice Road in Nashville, is charged with three counts of sexual battery, two from this year and one from 2008, for allegedly fondling women on separate occasions at Panera Bread on West End Avenue, police said.
A 29-year-old woman who was fondled this summer spotted Basta several days later getting into a car at Fido on 21st Avenue, police said. The victim wrote down his license number and notified police.
She and a 26-year-old woman who was allegedly fondled on Aug. 31 identified Basta in a photo lineup, police said, adding a 23-year-old woman who was fondled on Jan. 28, 2008, also provided a physical description of her assailant that matched Basta.
Detectives arrested Basta on Tuesday night behind the Corner Pub on West End Avenue. During questioning, Basta admitted to fondling multiple women, but was not specific on the details, police said.
Any woman who believes she may have been victimized by Basta over the past two to three years is urged to contact the police department’s Sex Crimes Unit at 862-7540.
Basta was convicted in 2006 of attempted sexual battery against a 33-year-old woman at the Rivergate Panera Bread store. He received a 30-day sentence.
Basta is being held on $105,000 bond.