Police Catch Parking Lot Exhibitionist

LaGrange Police have finally nabbed a teenage exhibitionist accused of intentionally exposing himself several times throughout the week.

Wednesday afternoon about 4:37 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police responded to the CVS Pharmacy on Roanoke Road in reference to reports of Indecent Exposure. While en route, officers were advised that the suspect had fled the location in a red Nissan XTerra.

Officers were familiar with this vehicle, as similar incidents were reported earlier in the week at the other CVS Pharmacy on Morgan Street.

In a previous incident, a young white male was seen doing inappropriate things to himself in a vehicle near a female store employee. Security video of the incident showed the red Nissan moving several times in the parking lot. The video showed the suspect waited until a female employee exited the store and entered her car for her lunch break, when it appeared that he intentionally parked in the empty space beside her and pulled out his private parts and began openly fondling himself.

Once the female employee noticed him and called police, he fled the scene.

The victims were able to record the tag number on the suspect’s vehicle and police were able to determine it was registered to a subject on North Lake Drive. Officers then began to respond to the suspect’s registered address.

While en route, police noticed the vehicle parked at the Bait and Tackle shop located on Vernon Ferry Road, so officers stopped and made contact with the driver and questioned him about the incidents.

Police say the driver claimed to not know what was going on and later denied the allegations.

The suspect matched the description provided, so officers had the second female victim come to the scene to positively identify the suspect.

The victim advised she was parked next to the perpetrators vehicle when she noticed movement and looked beside her. The female stated she observed the male, who appeared to be a teenager, seated in the driver’s seat of a SUV with his private parts out, touching himself. She stated he was also staring at his phone at the time.

She stated she then called 911 and the phone began to ring over the vehicles speaker system, which the suspect must have caused the suspect to flee.

The victim later identified the suspect and his vehicle, stating she was 90 percent he was the subject she had seen.

As a result of the incidents, the suspect, age 17, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail on warrants for Indecent Exposure.

Officers recommended that the suspect be prosecuted through Troup County Mental Health Court.

These incidents are still under investigation.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer