Serial SoCal Flasher Arrested in San Diego

Security cameras caught the suspect in the act

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    A man suspected of exposing himself in a series of incidents across Southern California has been arrested in San Diego.

    Brea Police detectives took a trip south Thursday to track Patrick Dodenhoff, 45, a transient parolee and registered sex offender.

    He became their lead suspect after a flashing incident was reported Monday afternoon at the Brea Mall, just north of Anaheim in Orange County.

    Witnesses told police a man pulled down his pants and exposed himself to a woman inside a store. He made lewd comments to her and then ran away.

    The suspect was caught in the act on security footage.

    Detectives said Dodenhoff is connected with similar crimes within the past week in San Diego, Torrance, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo.

    Late Thursday evening, Brea Police located Dodenhoff in San Diego. Officers pulled him over on Interstate 5 at Balboa Avenue and arrested him without incident.

    He has since been booked into the Orange County Jail, where he’s being held without bail for felony indecent exposure with prior convictions and a parole violation.

    Dodenhoff was released from state prison in Dec. 2013 and moved to the San Luis Obispo area.

    After his release, he was put on GPS monitoring, but on March 3, he removed the GPS device and ran away.

    The Brea Police Department said there may be other victims and witnesses to the crimes. If you have any information, you’re asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.