Man Commits Lewd Act While Watching Children

by Katie Pyzyk May 22, 2012 at 11:45 am 6,682 77 Comments

(Updated at 12:25 p.m.) Police are encouraging residents to be on alert for a man caught masturbating in public while watching children across the street.

According to police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, the man was first seen sitting on the sidewalk in between two cars with a newspaper over his lap, in the 1000 block of N. Fillmore Street in Clarendon, on Saturday, May 19. Staff from a restaurant across the street saw the man masturbating as he watched children playing on the restaurant patio.

Witnesses called the police, and one staff member walked across the street to ask the man to leave. He left without causing trouble. Police have not been able to locate him, and want residents to be aware of the incident.

“We’re putting the word out in light of several recent exposure incidents and sexual assaults,” Sternbeck said.

The children and other customers did not see the man; the act was only witnessed by restaurant staff.

He is described as a white man, around 60 years old, with medium length gray hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black shirt, navy shorts and a dark colored hat.

Anyone who might encounter this man, or any other person, performing an indecent act in public is asked to call the police immediately. Police recommend not confronting the offender, as it’s not known if he might try to inflict harm.

  • JohnB

    Trev out on bail?

    • MC 703

      As much as I enjoy the trevthreads, he was never charged with anything close to a lewd act involving children.

      • trevthreads

        Dude, I think you just invented a new clothing line…

  • Deb


    • Llama


  • John Fontain

    Maybe he was just scratching off his lottery tickets like on MTV’s Money From Strangers?

  • Mark

    No physical description of the suspect??

    • SomeGuy


      “white male, approximately 60 years old, with medium length gray hair and was wearing a dark colored hat, black shirt and navy shorts at the time of the incident.”

      If Sternbeck wants to alert people, he ought to issue a statement (which I couldn’t find yet) on the ACPD web site.

      • WeiQiang

        DUDE! I just had lunch next to this guy at Rappahannock

    • JamesE

      Caucasian male, late 20s, early 30s, wearing polo shirt and cargo shorts with brown flip flops.

      • WeiQiang

        … with a 4oz cup of beer and garlic breath, brah

      • drax

        So basically he looks like almost every guy in Clarendon.

        • ef yourself

          ..wow, you had to spell out the joke

        • WeiQiang

          deep breaths, brah

    • KalashniKEV

      Probably “No fixed address” too…

  • South Side Chris

    I have a blanket policy against confronting a person who has their wang out, especially if they’re an offender. Shocked that this required a warning but maybe not everybody has this same policy.

    • WeiQiang

      I love blanket policies like that. Maybe if the perp had a blanket policy instead of a newspaper policy, this wouldn’t have been reported.

  • SteamboatWillie

    So a staff member sent the pervert away, thereby allowing him to avoid arrest? Well-meaning, but unhelpful.

  • WTF *howls*

    • Captain Poop McPoopo

      dang *sharts*

  • nunya

    disgusting. really.

  • Jorge

    Well, what does he look like? So much for “see something say something” if we don’t have a description. I guess I’ll have to kick the *** of the first male with his hands in his pockets within eyesight of a day care center.

    • Onjulic

      “He is described as a white man, around 60 years old, with medium length gray hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black shirt, navy shorts and a dark colored hat.”

      • Jorge

        It wasn’t in the article originally.

  • drax

    You call the police and then ask the guy to leave, so he leaves before the cops get there to arrest him? Genius.

    • Eds

      It didn’t say the person that confronted him is the one that called the cops – it said “witnesses” called cops – employee might not have realized that. Either way, it still would have been better if employee got the kids inside and also called the cops instead of chasing him away.

      • drax

        Good point. On the other hand, the guy who shooed him away should have called the cops instead.

        • Lee-n-Glebe

          I don’t know, I think I’d be more concerned about addressing the immediate threat in that particular situation. Calling the cops can wait – get the guy away from the kids.

          • Lou

            Right, so get the kids inside, then call the cops – don’t chase him off before they have a chance to get there.

  • Bob the Builder

    Hey ArlNow, when did this happen? Just the facts, maam, just the facts.

  • drax

    This is what happens when you encourage testicle consumption in your community.

  • Autoexec.bat

    Way to go genius restaurant employee confronting him before the cops got there. Now no one knows who he is.

    • Lola

      I was thinking the same thing: why didn’t they just call the cops?

      • KalashniKEV

        You mean somebody needed a cop and they weren’t instantly there on-scene?

      • novasteve

        Probably because it’s quicker to chase away someone fapping in public than it is to wait for police to arrive.

    • Doy

      Yeah really – move the kids inside and let the cops get him – now he’s still out walking around.

    • arl2012

      Exactly….they should have immediately called the cops and snapped some photos of him for evidence if he were to flee prior to leaving. I would advocate holding him down until cops get there, but prob nobody wanted to go near his giz.

  • No plates?

    Didnt’ someone snap a photo of his license plate?

    • Vanity Tags

      VA tags: “FAP FAP”

      • Toots


    • Eds

      Where did you read that he had a car? The article said he was sitting on a sidewalk between two cars…

      • micksul

        @Eds, the discussions on here have very little to do with reality of facts. Most threads just become comedy auditions.

        • Young Condo Owner

          Yeah, I got a Webbie nomination for my thread on affordable housing!

          • KalashniKEV

            It’s called “Section 8 Housing.”

      • nom de guerre

        I heard that he was seen getting on a bicycle. We all know that cyclists like to fap in public more than drivers.

        • WeiQiang

          … or, perhaps, he was polishing the top of his bollard.

          • nom de guerre

            frantically to a lustrous sheen?

  • CEW

    What restaurant? Screwtop? Green Pig?

  • arl2012

    as a parent to young children–i don’t have it in me to joke about this cr*p. this pervs will eventually progress to abduction. i hope they catch him and castrate him.

    • WeiQiang

      yes, this kind of behavior can escalate/degenerate. I think vigilance will net the guy sooner than later because he can’t help himself.

      Having said that, the ArlNow moderator may take a dim view of your advocating for extra-judicial physical harm for the guy. My recommendation: “I hope they catch the him and put him on the menu at next year’s Testicle Festival.”

      • arl2012

        yes. when it gets to the point that you are beating your meat on a busy street drooling at kids…you really can’t help yourself.

        Where is that Dateline guy when we need him?

        I like the Test-Fest idea!

        • WeiQiang

          ya’ see, now you brought it up … that Dateline thing pee’s me off. it’s like shooting fish in a barrel [note to moderator: I am not advocating the death of fish]. addictive behavior like that is crazy easy to predict. if the authorities wanted to focus on fixing the problem instead of selling time on Dateline, there are more effective ways of doing it.

  • novasteve

    And you’ll have more and more events like this when we get our year round homeless shelter!

    • jackson

      Made-up statistic: More pedophiles are lawyers than homeless.

      • novasteve

        Something tells me a lawyer would be DISBARRED for having a conviction for a crime lack that, but at the same time would be more likely to register as a sexual offender.

        • drax

          Wow, how many people are not going to get jackson’s joke?

          • novsteve

            Made up statistic : 99% of Arlington residents are jerks.

      • outoftowner

        Care to site this source?

      • D'oh!

        As I made-up statistic verification maker-uper, I confirm jackson speaks the truth.

        • D'oh!

          I -> a

  • Really

    If only we had phones or some other contraption with a camera on it.

    • KalashniKEV

      He might enjoy that!

  • Justice

    Height…weight?? This is ridiculous. That information has to be avaiable from the restaurant staff who witnessed the incident if not from the police report.

    • KalashniKEV

      When they don’t provide a description, the suspect is usually a member of a protected class.

      • Cletus Van Damme

        Or they just didn’t provide the description?

        • KalashniKEV

          You mean the police officer or journalist forgot to ask???

          Well that would be a failure of due diligence on their part… or common sense on yours…

  • Walter

    8 year olds dude.

    • Hank

      He did six months in Chino.

  • Mongo

    Sometimes an older guy has to fap on a sidewalk. Are we sure he was eying the kiddies, and not their hot momma (or pappa. equal opportunity fapper)? Lets not make a child molester outta this fap-happy senior just yet. FREDTERP

  • JohnB2

    In order to properly channel FREDTERP, one needs to reverse their punctuation, so:

    Sometimes an older guy has to fap on a sidewalk? Are we sure he was eying the kiddies, and not their hot momma (or pappa. equal opportunity fapper). Lets not make a child molester outta this fap-happy senior just yet? FREDTERP

    • WeiQiang

      an ArlNow Blue Book … effing brilliant

  • Yeah, give me South Arlington anyday… I’d rather have a few gangbangers and pickpockets around than what I usually see as the scourge above rt 50.

  • YTK

    So with all the cellphone cams — we don;t know what he looks like — no one took his picture?


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