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Souvenir photo could identify alleged Tower of Terror groper [Updated]

February 2, 2010 |  8:39 am

Police in Anaheim are looking for the person who groped a woman on the Tower of Terror ride at Disney's California Adventure theme park.

A woman in her 30s was on the ride with her daughter about 5:30 p.m. Friday when the lights went out, as they always do just before the ride makes an adrenaline-pumping, 13-story drop, and she felt someone grab her breast, said Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez.

When the lights came back on, the person let go, she told police, who are working to identify the groper using a souvenir photo taken during the "delirious drop into the fifth dimension and beyond."

The victim, who identified herself to the media as Christina Esquivel, told theme park security and police that she thought a man to her left touched her, but she did not see who it was. She also bought a copy of the photo, usually taken as a keepsake. [Updated at 10:15 a.m.: Esquivel said she did not purchase the photo but used her own camera to take a picture of it from a screen.]

Anaheim police have not identified the woman, but Esquivel has been distributing the photo, saying she wants to identify the man she thinks did it. The photo taken just after the lights came on shows Esquivel with a stunned expression on her face while a man in a baseball cap across the aisle stretches his arm toward her.

"It's not right," Esquivel told KTLA. "I didn't do anything to deserve it, and he needs to pay for it."

Police obtained their own copy of the photo from the theme park and are trying to contact everyone in it as potential witnesses or perpetrators.

"It's fortunate on our part that the attraction does take photos," Martinez said.

-- Tony Barboza

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