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Flasher Caught Exposing Self To Children On Ridgewood St.

Bklyn. Man Harassed Girls Near Schools
Robert Pozarycki

A Brooklyn man who allegedly exposed himself to young girls from inside his car along Ridgewood streets last Tuesday afternoon, May 11, has been cuffed by police, it was announced.

The suspect was identified by police as 40-year-old Juan Mendez of Forbell Street in Brooklyn.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, Mendez was charged with incidents that took place around the Ridgewood area before and after school hours last Tuesday.

Reportedly, the perpetrator—behind the wheel of a tan four-door sedan—pulled up near an 11-year-old girl walking in front of a location on Fresh Pond Road near Bleecker Street at around 7:45 a.m.

Police said the girl observed Mendez allegedly fondling his penis before fleeing from the scene.

Law enforcement sources stated that the perpetrator was spotted flash- ing himself to another young girl at around 2:30 p.m. in the area of Madison Street and Woodbine Avenue near I.S. 93.

According to authorities, Mendez—driving a black pick-up truck—pulled up next to a 13-yearold girl at the location. Reportedly, the youngster spotted the man allegedly fondling his genitalia.

The incidents were later reported to members of the 104th Precinct and the 104th Precinct Detective Squad, which had been conducting an ongoing investigation into a series of flashing incidents near public schools around Ridgewood earlier this year.

Based on information obtained by detectives, Mendez was taken into custody the following Wednesday, May 12, and was charged with two counts of public lewdness, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police noted that the suspect was charged only in relation to the two May incidents. The investigation into indecent exposure cases near Ridgewood public schools that occurred earlier this year remains ongoing, it was noted.

Court records indicated that Mendez was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Wednesday before Judge Joseph Zayas, who ordered him held on $3,000 bail. The suspect is scheduled to return to court on May 18.