Case dismissed after man accused of flashing at PDX

UPDATE: The public indecency case was dismissed on all counts on June 20, 2017. 

Original story below.

 

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Portland mother said she and her two daughters were shaken after a man exposed himself to them Tuesday, while they waited at a gate at Portland International Airport.

Now, Portland police have listed the suspect as a missing man with who may be having a mental health crisis.

Melanie, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, said it happened around 9 a.m., near the Alaska Airlines gates.

She said a man exposed himself to her and her two daughters. Melanie said minutes before that, Riley had asked to borrow a phone charger from her.

“He pulled his pants down and flashed us,” said Melanie. “It was very purposeful, it was grotesque and scary.”

Melanie ran for help. While police were on their way, she said the man exposed himself to another woman waiting for her flight.

Port of Portland Police arrested the man for public indecency. He was booked into jail and later released.

Initially, police said the suspect had not returned to his Vancouver home. His family was concerned about mental health issues and that he may not be able to care for himself or find his way home.

Thursday morning, police said they learned the man had traveled to Seattle and were alerting police agencies in the Puget Sound area.

A day before the PDX incident, he had been released from a Southwest Washington hospital for a mental health crisis.

The district attorney's office will review airport surveillance video, which they said that could lead to additional charges.

© 2017 KGW-TV


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