West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspected flasher arrested

In West Seattle Crime Watch this morning: Besides more followup on last night’s RapidRide-robber-rousting (updated coverage here), we’ve obtained another noteworthy report from Seattle Police: The arrest of an indecent-exposure suspect in The Triangle.

Two WSB readers messaged us about the incident, which happened early yesterday outside Link at 38th/Alaska. Two women using the on-site gym on the east side of the building called police after seeing a man standing in the alley outside, looking into its window while exposing himself and masturbating. Police found the 38-year-old suspect “in a doorway alcove just south of the apartment gym” and say they “smell(ed) a strong odor of intoxicants on (his) breath.” He was booked into King County Jail, where the register shows he is still being held, in lieu of $500 bail.

In case you wondered, this suspect is NOT the one arrested in the similar Westwood Village case a month ago. Municipal Court records show this suspect, however, was arrested for indecent exposure in August of 2012, but the charge eventually was dropped for “lack of a prosecuting witness.” (We haven’t yet found details of that incident.) He’s due in court shortly; we’ll update the story later with information on his status.

5 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspected flasher arrested"

  • Brian November 26, 2013 (11:47 am)

    Is there any data on citywide instances of indecent exposure? This can’t be only happening in WS, can it?

    • WSB November 26, 2013 (12:37 pm)

      Brian – There’s no easy way to look that up, since this type of crime is not among those for which SPD makes reports publicly available online. I wouldn’t have known if not for the readers who messaged us. But no, I would feel fairly safe in saying it’s not just a WS thing; again, for better or worse, this area happens to have a higher-volume news publication (hi!) … TR

  • Eric November 27, 2013 (5:00 am)

    The dude’s got issues. Isn’t this guy about the same age as the guy who was doing the same thing around some schools not too long ago? Probably a coincidence and the MO isn’t the same, but you never know.

  • AG November 27, 2013 (9:17 am)

    I wondered what was going on, as I was leaving that building yesterday and saw multiple cop cars. Thanks for the report.

  • G November 27, 2013 (11:38 am)

    Normally wouldn’t be one to comment on this unsavory topic, but I chanced against this. Not making any connections.

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/11/22/Public-Masturbation-on-the-Rise-in-Vancouver

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