SACRAMENTO — Sacramento and Elk Grove police released a photograph of a man they believe is tied to at least 10 separate indecent exposure incidents.
Investigators say he has exposed himself at least five times within Sacramento, with the most recent incident occurring Tuesday morning in a residential area of Craig Avenue and 23rd Street.
Elk Grove police confirm they’ve had five similar incidents in their city between January 30 and March 14. Three of those occurred on Feb. 12.
Surveillance cameras belonging to homeowner Desiree Gonsalves captured a woman walking in front of her home shortly before 8 a.m., when the suspect passed her by. Police say the man asked the woman for directions while inappropriately touching himself.
“I felt really bad that she must have been really scared,” Gonsalves told FOX40.
The police department reports he’s a Hispanic man in his 20s to 30s who is suspected of going to the southern part of Sacramento, including parking lots of shopping centers.
“We’re hoping that the community will recognize him. He’s pretty distinct looking,” said Sacramento Police Officer Linda Matthews.
He also has distinct license plates on his gray, two-door Honda.
“The suspect is driving a vehicle with a license plate of ‘5STAR.’ We believe that it’s a paper plate,” Matthews said.
Neighbors told FOX40 they were shocked to learn of the suspect’s disturbing actions.
“Nothing like that ever happened around here, with the school being over there and the church and everything,” said long-time resident Annette Florence.
“Growing up here, you kind of know everybody and to see something or hear about something like that kind of hits hard,” said resident Anthony Padilla.
“My fear is what’s next?” Gonsalves said. “Is he gonna go above flashing himself and things of the sort? ‘Cause obviously he’s not in his right mind.”
Correction: A previous version of this story tied this suspect to another string of indecent exposure events that began late last year. Investigators confirmed this man is not connected to those incidents.
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FEBRUARY 13, 2019: At around 2:20 p.m., on 19th Street between S and Q streets, a white or Hispanic man between 30 to 40 years of age, was masturbating as he pulled up alongside a victim. He did not say anything to the victim. He was described as having a medium build. He had short, dark hair and acne scars or pockmarks on his face. He was driving a silver-colored crossover SUV.
FEBRUARY 13, 2019: At around 8 p.m., on Mack Road in the area of the Valley Mack Plaza, a Hispanic man in his early 30s pulled up next to a victim and began to masturbate. The suspect was described by the victim as having neatly cut brown hair and wearing a beanie. He was driving a newer, gray car with tinted windows and a spoiler on the back. It was possibly a two-door.
FEBRUARY 28, 2019: At around 5:45 p.m., on Florin Road in the area of Gloria Drive, a Hispanic man in his late 30s to early 40s pulled up next to a victim and exposed himself. The suspect did not say anything to the victim. He was described as having darker skin and wearing dark clothing, possibly a hooded sweatshirt. His vehicle was a newer, black Honda Accord with black paper plates with “5STAR” written in yellow.
MARCH 14, 2019: At around 3 p.m., in the area of Greenhaven Drive and Sand River Court, a Hispanic or Middle Eastern man who was 28 to 35 years old pulled up next to a victim and her 13-year-old daughter and was masturbating. The suspect was described as having a larger build and was partially balding. He was driving a two-door, silver car with the license plate of “5STAR.”
MARCH 20, 2019: At around 7:50 a.m., in the area of Craig Avenue and 23rd Street, a Hispanic man in his late 20s pulled over and asked for directions while masturbating. The suspect was wearing a black or gray hooded sweatshirt. He was seen driving a gray car.