It’s something we’ve heard a number of times on the scanner: reports of a man masturbating in public, usually around bus stops on Madison or Capitol Hill. A couple of weeks ago lilyson left a comment saying that an SPD detective was actively looking for a suspect in the case.
It happened again today, but it looks like the guy miscalculated, pulling the stunt within a few blocks of the East Precinct headquarters. Officers arrived quickly after the 911 call, stopped a possible suspect, and got a positive ID on him from two eyewitnesses.
Earlier tonight David Craig Martin was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of indecent exposure.
A search of state court records show a number of matches for that name, including to guilty pleas for sex crimes in Pierce County. In 1997 he received a fine, probation, and a suspended sentence on another indecent exposure charge. Then things got more serious in 2000 when he pleaded guilty and served time in state prison for first degree rape of a child and third degree child molestation.
A search of sex offender registries under that name came up blank.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more details..