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Alcohol & Tobacco agents underage sales investigation yields felony arrest

September 3, 2009

ALEXANDRIA – An Alexandria man faces charges of molestation of a juvenile and false imprisonment following a joint investigation by the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC), Louisiana State Police (LSP), and the Alexandria Police Department.

Investigators arrested Nizar Nofal, an owner of Nick’s Big Johns, located at 3912 Coliseum Boulevard in Alexandria, on charges he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl inside the store and detained her on the premises.

While conducting recent routine investigations into sales of alcohol and tobacco products to minors, ATC agents assigned to the Alexandria Regional Office of the Louisiana Department of Revenue received information about the alleged attack. The information was forwarded to the Investigative Services Unit of ATC which is responsible for investigations of major crimes reported to ATC.

During the course of the investigation agents learned that Nofal sexually assaulted the girl and physically detained her inside of the store against her will. She escaped after a brief struggle. Investigators learned also that Nofal was allegedly using the unlawful sales of alcohol and tobacco products to lure young girls into the store where he would make sexual advances toward them.

Nofal’s criminal record includes guilty pleas to charges of solicitation for prostitution in 2005; and pending charges for distribution of narcotics at Nick’s Big Johns in 2008.

ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter praised the collaborative efforts of all agencies that participated in the investigation and highlighted the fact that public safety is priority for ATC.

“ATC is a highly trained and specialized regulatory and law enforcement agency within the state of Louisiana. Often times seemingly simple complaints and investigations lead to a much greater criminal activity in some alcohol beverage outlets. Our agency prides itself in our role of supporting other law enforcements agencies in our united efforts to protect our young citizens” Painter said..

Nofal was booked into the Rapides Parish Correctional Facility and officials ask for anyone with information on additional crimes committed at this business to contact law enforcement.

Charges:

Molestation of a Juvenile
False Imprisonment

For more information, please contact:

Lt. Sasha Hyderkhan
Public Information Officer, Training and Support Services Unit
Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control
Office: 225-925-4041
Cell: 225-773-8088
Fax: 225-922-0312