Man accused of exposing himself in parking lot

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John William Bates By Jennifer Thomas John William Bates By Jennifer Thomas

CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. -- Police arrested a Chino Valley man for allegedly exposing himself in a supermarket parking lot.

A woman told police the man exposed himself to her while in his vehicle in the Safeway parking in the 7700 block of State Route 69 Wednesday morning.

The woman said the suspect smiled at her and blew her kisses, according to Sgt. Brandon Bonney with the Prescott Valley Police Department.

The victim got his license plate number and called police.

Officers identifed the man as John William Bates, 63, and interviewed him about the incident. He denied any involvement in the offense but acknowledged he was in the parking lot earlier in the morning.

Bates was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde for public sexual indecency and indecent exposure.