Deputies arrested a man on Friday suspected of exposing himself to several women in Fallbrook.
According to officials, the Sheriff’s Fallbrook Substation began getting reports of a white male adult between the ages of 18 and 25 allegedly following and flashing women walking through Fallbrook’s Los Jilgueros Preserve in the 2100 block of South Mission Road.
Deputies said five separate incidents were reported. The alleged indecent exposure cases happened between December 7 and December 15.
Detectives have been working to identify and locate the suspect involved in these incidents, questioning several persons of interest in the process.
On Friday, one of the people previously questioned by deputies was arrested on an unrelated trespassing offense.
During an interview with officials, suspect Austin Harper, 20, made several statements and provided written evidence suggesting he was the person involved in the Fallbrook flashing offenses. He told deputies things only the flashing suspect would have knowledge of, investigators said.
Detectives also identified an additional case allegedly involving Harper that occurred about a week ago in the 1800 block of Gum Tree Lane. Investigators say Harper rode a bicycle up to a young woman and grabbed her arm.
She screamed and Harper rode off.
None of the women who reported the indecent exposure were injured.
Harper was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on two counts of sexual battery, four counts of indecent exposure and one charge of molesting and annoying a child.
He’s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.