Jeff Smith 3 p.m., March 27
Flasher in Fallbrook arrested
Man exposed himself to at least five female hikers
San Diego Sheriff’s deputies in Fallbrook have arrested 20 year-old Austin Harper after connecting him to a series of crimes in the area in recent weeks.
During the week of December 10-16, five reports were received of a white male adult who had been following females walking through the Los Jilgueros Preserve in Fallbrook and exposing his genitals. Deputies questioned several suspects and set up an unsuccessful decoy operation without making an arrest.
Last Friday, however, authorities picked up Harper on an unrelated trespassing offense. During questioning, Harper “made several specific statements which contained information that only the suspect or person involved in the incidents would have knowledge of.” Written evidence related to the offenses was also obtained.
Harper was also tied to another incident that occurred a week earlier on the 1800 block of Gum Tree Lane, where he rode a bicycle up to a young female and grabbed her arm. She screamed, and Harper fled on the bike. He now faces two counts of sexual battery, four counts of indecent exposure, and one count of molesting or annoying a child.