• Altamonte Springs man, 71, charged with battery, faces new accusations of indecent exposure

    By: Ken Tyndall


    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - A 71-year-old Altamonte Springs man charged earlier in 2017 with exposing himself in two restaurants faces new allegations and a battery charge after a pair of recent incidents, police said Monday.

    Alvaro Pena Yepes was accused of exposing and touching himself at an Altamonte Springs restaurant late Sunday, investigators said.

    A short while later, just after 1 a.m., Yepes was arrested at a 7-Eleven gas station in the 500 block of East Altamonte Drive after the clerk said he grabbed her arm while paying for beer, the Altamonte Springs Police Department said.

    The clerk told investigators that when Yepes came in, she helped him locate the store’s beer section and was helping him use the credit card reader when he allegedly grabbed her arm and made a lewd comment.

    The clerk was able to pull away and when Yepes refused to leave the store, she flagged down a police officer on patrol in the area, an Altamonte Springs arrest report said.

    He was arrested and charged with battery.

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    Yepes was on officers’ radar before his Monday arrest stemming from incidents earlier in the year.

    He was charged with exposing and touching himself at a pair of restaurants in April and May, but he was found mentally incompetent.

    Yepes was ordered to wear an ankle monitor and only leave his home to see the doctor.

    In November, his attorney won a motion seeking to have the court remove the monitor.

    Officers forwarded details about Sunday’s alleged indecent exposure to the state attorney’s office to determine what, if any, charges should be filed.

    Police said Yepes has been arrested numerous times after similar incidents dating back to 2012.

    He was released from the Seminole County Jail Monday on a $500 bond.

    Resident Neal Silverstein couldn't understand how someone like Yepes could get out of jail so easily.

    "A person like that needs to be off the streets," he said.

    No one answered at Yepes' apartment when WFTV knocked seeking comment on the most recent allegations.

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