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Metro Detroit woman says she was groped, urinated on while shopping at Kohl's

Posted at 10:15 PM, Nov 24, 2017

A woman said she was groped and urinated on while she was shopping at Kohl's in Troy.

Twenty-three-year-old Embra Middleton has been charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct for allegedly rubbing against several women last Wednesday.

One of those women told 7 Action News she is always on alert when walking through the mall parking lot, but never imagined she'd be assaulted while inside the store shopping.

She asked us not to share her name. 

"I just felt disgusted, like he had totally violated me," she said.

A breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy and recent reconstructive surgery, she was shopping for new bras when Troy Police say Middleton assaulted her.

"I felt him kind of grind against my backside and kind of like grab me, groping me from behind," she says. "At first, I was in shock and confused."

She said he then urinated on her back.

"I still had incisions that were healing and they were on my sides, almost on my back, pretty close to the area where he urinated on me," she said.

When she turned around, she says Middleton was just standing there, staring at her.

"His hands were down by his genital area," she said. "And I’m not sure what he was doing, but I could tell he was fiddling around down there ..."

She wants the Oakland County Prosecutor to charge Middleton with sexual assault, which would require Middleton to register as a sex offender if convicted. 

"The concern is not even for me, it’s for future women and trying to help protect them," she says. 

Her hope in sharing this story is that other women realize they need to be extra aware of their surroundings, even while inside of a store shopping.