HOUSTON - Houston police are calling for more victims to come forward after arresting a man they say was exposing himself near schools.
Manuel Rodriguez, Jr., 36, has been charged with three counts of indecency with a child.
Police believe Rodriguez flashed at least six people between the ages of 12 to 18 in River Oaks, Oak Forest and north Houston.
“It’s very scary to find out someone’s out here exposing himself. He needed to be stopped," said Rosa Arguellea, a parent.
After a nervous week, a feeling of relief for parents of students at this North Houston school.
“I’m just glad to hear that if it was him they caught him because like you said we have sons and daughters in this school, and nobody wants that to happen to their kids," Arguellea said.
According to HPD, Rodriguez is believed to be responsible for incidents at these locations:
- 3400 Overbrook at Claremont on June 29, 2016
- 1700 Gardenia on January 4
- 2400 Claremont on January 10
- 4300 Piney Woods at Gardenia on February 7
- 9800 Irvington on April 12
Police say Rodriguez pulled up in a silver Honda Accord car and flashed a girl along Irvington Boulevard last week, along with at least five other victims around the city.
According to HPD, further investigation identified Rodriguez as the suspect. He was arrested on April 17.
“The victims have all expressed that he never said a word to them. They just felt him lurking," said Kamesha Baker with the Houston Police Department.
Investigators believe he was targeting school zones.
“If you can imagine being a 12-year-old child, and someone does something like that to you, you’re probably looking over your shoulder every day after that point wondering if they’re going to come back to do it again, or if this time they’re going to try to take you," Baker said.
Police traced the suspect’s license plate back to a business vehicle that several people had access to, then started surveillance.
“We believe that’s how he’s able to do it cause he has access to multiple vehicles," Baker said.
Now police are urging any more victims to speak up while parents are speaking to their kids about the dangers they can face anywhere at any time.
“I told my daughter you just have to be very careful, because now these days, you don’t know what their intentions are," Arguellea said. "They can just grab you, stick you in the car, and nobody will see it, and if they do see it, they don’t speak up.”
Rodriguez is still in jail being held without bond. He’s due in court on Monday.
Investigators believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with additional information in these cases to contact the HPD Special Victims Division at (713)-308-1100.
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