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A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of molesting a 12-year-old boy in the bathroom of a Yakima Walmart.

The boy told police he was washing his hands inside the bathroom at the Walmart at 1600 E. Chestnut Ave. when the man approached him and offered to zip up his pants, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case. The boy said the man reached into his pants, according to the affidavit, and that's when he pushed the man away and ran from the restroom.

Police arrested the man as he was leaving the Walmart parking lot, according to the affidavit, and upon questioning identified him as having a previous conviction for child molestation. He was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.