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June 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

SPD: Flasher foiled by Pike Place Market fish-thrower

What did the flasher say to the cop?

“Just hanging out.”

But it’s no joke, according to Seattle police. Officers arrested a man last night after he flashed tourists at the Pike Place Market. And an assist goes to one of those famous fish-throwers, according to police.

Just before 5:30 p.m., a patrol officer was making his rounds at the market when a fishmonger flagged him down and said, “Come over here and look at this guy, he’s doing weird things.” Probably not the kind of thing a cop likes to hear.

The fishmonger told the officer that a man had been groping — and possibly taking pictures of — women in the market.

He pointed out the man, who was standing out on a balcony.

According to a police account of the incident, “While a group of tourists stood out on the balcony, taking in the view of the Puget Sound, the suspect stood concealed in a corner, where he seemed to be enjoying something other than the view.”

As the officer approached, he noticed the man had his pants down and was exposing himself to tourists on the balcony.

The officer confronted the man and asked him what he was doing. That’s where the “Just hanging out” comment comes in.

Police arrested the man for investigation of indecent exposure.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: indecent exposure, Pike Place Market, Seattle Police Department


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