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Man charged with exposing self twice in four days

A man from Lisle is free on bond and awaiting trial, after being accused of exposing or fondling himself twice over a four-day period in separate incidents in Naperville and Downers Grove.

Reyes J. Morales, 28, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of public indecency/lewd exposure in the crimes that allegedly occurred earlier this month, according to police and records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis confirmed the first incident occurred about 3:10 p.m. April 3 behind a business on the 2700 block of Aurora Avenue, on the city’s far west side. A strip mall is located at that address, but an email Davis sent concerning the matter did not identify the business in question.

A 31-year-old woman told police the man, later identified as Morales, “exposed himself as she was walking to her car in the parking lot,” Davis said. The man then drove away from the area in a blue, 2013 Toyota, but not before the woman obtained a description of the vehicle and its license plate number, he said.

Further investigation led to Morales being identified as the suspect in the case, Davis said. He surrendered Monday at the Naperville police station.

The alleged crime in Downers Grove occurred about 12:29 p.m. April 7, according to information provided by Downers Grove police Lt. Michael Willison. A two-page, partially redacted incident report stated police were sent to the Jewel-Osco store at 1148 Ogden Ave., concerning “a report of a male watching (a woman) from his vehicle while he was masturbating.”

One police officer searched the area for the suspect’s vehicle, which was described as being a dark-blue Toyota Corolla, the police narrative read. That car is similar in description to the one mentioned in the Naperville case.

Another officer, in the meantime, had gone to the home of the alleged victim. The woman, 58, said the incident occurred just before noon, after she had finished with her shopping and was walking to her vehicle in the store’s eastern parking lot, the police report indicated.

“While (the woman) was loading groceries into her vehicle, she noticed (a car) driving around the parking lot, and (stopping) behind her vehicle. She believed the driver of the vehicle was waiting for her to finish loading her car, so he could park in the open parking space on the driver’s side of her vehicle.”

After the woman got into her vehicle, “the suspect pulled his vehicle in the parking space directly next to her,” according to the narrative. The woman told police said she looked in the man’s direction and saw that he was fondling himself “while making direct eye contact with her,” the report stated.

“She then immediately backed out of her parking space, but was able to get the suspect’s license plate” before leaving, the report read. She added the man, later identified as Morales, was “watching her the entire time as she was backing away.”

An examination of court documents revealed Morales has no criminal record in DuPage, Kane and Will counties.

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