A young male with an apparent fetish for footware bargains was recently seen masturbating and exposing himself at the Prime Outlets in Pismo Beach.
In the early evening of Nov. 6, the suspect pulled down his sweatpants and exposed himself to clerks at Payless Shoes, according to Pismo Beach Police. He then left the discounted shoe store and entered Styles for Less. Several witnesses watched as the suspect stood outside of the store and masturbated.
"I didn't see his private parts. I just saw his motion," said Styles for Less assistant manager Ashley Foster. "He went and stood by the accessories. I thought he was buying jewelry for a girlfriend or something."
According to Pismo Beach Police Department Detective AJ Santana, this type of crime in the Central Coast is very rare--though he said there was a similar incident in the city during the beginning of summer.
Santana said that people who expose themselves in public could face an array of legal consequences that range from a fine to jail time. He added that most people who expose themselves in public are males.
A police press release described the suspect as a male in his late 20s, about 6 feet tall with short blond hair. Foster described the suspect as "drug-addict skinny" with a pockmarked face.
Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Pismo Beach Police Department at 773-2208.