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Officers Arrest Alleyway Exposer In Columbia City

A man known for his indecent exposure escapades was arrested again by officers Wednesday afternoon after they caught him masturbating outside a neighborhood pub in Columbia City.

Around 3:34 pm Wednesday, police got a call about a man masturbating in an alley just south of Rainier Avenue S. and S. Ferdinand Street, where officers found the 35-year-old suspect sitting on a stair case with his pants around his ankles, in the throes of self-flagellation.

When officers told the man to stop, he refused and said he was almost finished.

Officers took the man into custody and spoke with witnesses at the scene, who said they had seen the suspect walking around Columbia City earlier in the day, yelling and grabbing people.

Officers booked the suspect into jail for indecent exposure.