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Posted on Wed, May 15, 2013 : 9:28 a.m.

Police: Ann Arbor man arrested after exposing himself to women at shoe store

By John Counts

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A 46-year-old Ann Arbor man was arrested Tuesday night after police say he exposed himself to two young women inside the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse at Arborland Mall.

A 26-year-old Haslett woman and a 27-year-old Ann Arbor woman were shoe shopping in the 3600 block of Washtenaw Avenue just before 8:38 p.m. when the man approached them, Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said.

“He ... lifted his shorts, exposing his genitalia,” she said.

The man said nothing and walked out of the store. After a brief investigation, patrol officers found a suspect at a different location and he was placed under arrest. Bush said she could not elaborate on how the man was identified and caught because the matter is still under investigation.

The 46-year-old remains in custody at the Ann Arbor Police Department. Indecent exposure charges could be forthcoming, Bush said.

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Paula Gardner

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 4:04 p.m.

@Kay, thanks for making that point. I shopped there with my teenage daughter on Monday - our first time at the store - and I'm relieved that we didn't have to experience this.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:25 p.m.

At least in this case, the accused didn't get away to make "repeat performances." Anyone know if the Gallup Park Flasher was ever caught? Maybe John can tell us: do flashers get put on the Sex Offender Registry?


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

Aggravated indecent exposure is a felony, punishable with up to two years in prison. I believe those people are on the sex offenders list. Perhaps John can explain what makes it "aggravated" versus simple indecent exposure. I have heard of people being put on the list for peeing in public but I don't know if that is urban myth or not.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

Two very good questions Tru2Blu76.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:10 p.m.

John- did you see the police report or is this based on a verbal report from the AA Police PR people? When you quote "He ... lifted his shorts, exposing his gentilia," (BTW that is not how you spell genitalia) are you quoting the woman from an interview that you conducted or are you quoting a police report? Do you know if the women identified the man in a line up? Since there have been other reports with quotes of questionable source, it is important to be specific.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 7:01 p.m.

@unclemao - he would treat Carmen Harlan this way if there was a section for anonymous comments after a segment


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

In re-reading the article, I suppose that "she said" refers to Lt. Bush but because you put it in a separate paragraph, who "she" refers to is obscure.

John Counts

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:26 p.m.

This is a direct verbal quote from Lt. Renee Bush of the Ann Arbor Police Department. The women did provide a suspect description, which is how the man was caught, police told me. I'm not sure if they did a photo line-up, or what methods they used. They would not elaborate on it. Also, the misspelling has been corrected. Thanks.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:20 p.m.

Do you treat Carmen Harlan this way?


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

For those of you who think this is funny---have it happen to your 10 year old daughter.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

Billy, I don't think that's what she meant. I think she means if this alleged perp didn't get caught he may done it in front of a 10 year old.


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:23 p.m.

These were a 27 and 26 year old women not a 10 year old child. You're attempting to liken flashing to child abuse...


Wed, May 15, 2013 : 3:03 p.m.

I had a friend who was arrested for supposedly exposing himself at a library and had to go through a night in jail, hiring an attorney and multiple court appearances only to find that the witness who supposedly reported him, told the prosecutor that she didn't say that he exposed himself. The police should not arrest someone unless they have a signed witness statement that includes the elements of the crime. Relying upon a police report that is only what the officer thinks the witness said is not fair to the person accused.

Kyle Mattson

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 2:50 p.m.

Hi all- We understand that crime reports do occasionally open the door for making light-hearted comments, but let's be sure to keep in mind that there were individuals who were victims of the incident.