Crime

July 24, 2014

Suspect arrested in Ripon exposure incident

Police arrested a man suspected of exposing himself to two girls near Ripon High School Thursday.

Police arrested a man suspected of exposing himself to two girls near Ripon High School Thursday. A social media alert led to a tip that resulted in the man’s arrest.

According Ripon Police, the incident occurred at 7:20 a.m. Thursday. The girls, whose ages were not released, were on the east side of the Highway 99 pedestrian overpass when the suspect approached them.

The man exposed himself, then rode away on a black mountain bike. He last was seen walking the bicycle east toward Frontage Road.

Police described the suspect as a male adult, 30 to 40 years old, with a short beard or stubble and a large tattoo on his right shoulder.

Investigators reviewed surveillance camera footage in the area, and patrol officers looked for the suspect thought the day, Lt. Steve Merchant said in a news release.

At 4:16 p.m., a Ripon resident who had seen an electronic notification describing the suspect through the department’s Nixle system called police. She said she saw a man matching the description of the suspect at Ripon High School, between several buildings.

Officers responded to the high school and found the man, identified as Harold Wayne Graves Jr., 47, of Ripon. Eye witnesses were brought to the scene, and physical evidence was located, Merchant said.

Graves was booked into San Joaquin County Jail on charges including indecent exposure, and annoying a child under 18 years old.

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