SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A registered sex offender who exposed himself to police officers Sunday morning is a suspect in a series of indecent exposure crimes in downtown Scottsdale.
At about 1:30 a.m., undercover officers noticed a man naked from the waist down near a vehicle in downtown Scottsdale. The officers saw him run from his truck and eventually take his shirt off, leaving him wearing only shoes.
Officers chased him on foot and caught him near Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. He resisted arrested and was forcibly taken into custody.
The man was identified as John G. Szakin, 53. Police said he matched the description of a suspect who has exposed himself to females in downtown Scottsdale at least 15 times over the past 10 months.
During the incidents, Szakin was reported to be completely naked walking or running on the streets of the downtown area during the early mornings. During some of the incidents, he was seen masturbating in front of female victims.
Szakin reportedly admitted to numerous incidents in Scottsdale over the past year. He told detectives that at least once a week for the past year he would drive from his home in Peoria to downtown Scottsdale where he knew females would be exiting the bars in the early morning hours.
Szakin told police that he was on probation for exposing himself to a minor in Scottsdale a few years ago. Police confirmed that Szakin is a registered sex offender in Arizona.
Scottsdale detectives are examining all of the reported incidents that match the description of Szakin's crimes over the past two years. In cases where he is established to be the suspect, appropriate charges will be submitted to the prosecutor.
He was held in custody on a $50,000 bond for Sunday's incident.