ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A 23-year-old man performed a lewd act on himself Thursday morning in a parking garage near the University of Central Florida, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies said the incident was reported at about 8:30 a.m. in the parking garage at the Plaza on University apartments at University Boulevard and North Alafaya Trail.
Investigators said they arrested Sean Ryan Timothy Garrity on charges of exposure of a sexual organ.
Witness Megan Scavo told deputies she saw a man touching himself inappropriately between two cars on the third floor of the parking garage.
Scavo said she had left to get coffee when she saw the man with his pants around his ankles.
"He actually just looked at me and was shameless about it, just kept going," she said.
The complex is across the street from UCF, where lewd acts being performed in parking garages have been reported for years.
"They had deputies over within minutes," Scavo said. "As soon as the deputies arrived, they told me he took a run for it towards the stairs, but they were able to catch him."
She said she was asked to sit in a deputy's cruiser while driving past the suspect to try to identify him.
Scavo said he mostly matched the description she gave UCF police.
Seminole County deputies about a month ago investigated a similar incident in which a man climbed onto the hood of a woman’s car while masturbating.
"It is possible that he is related to additional cases in several other local jurisdictions," Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said.
Anyone with information about possible additional incidents involving the suspect is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-4357.
#BREAKING Suspect arrested in latest incident involving lewd act in parking garage near #UCF campus! Investigators say Sean Ryan Timothy Garrity could be involved in other cases. Live coverage on #TV27at10 & #WFTVat11 @WFTV pic.twitter.com/R5pfkDBH9b— Ken Tyndall (@KenTyndallWFTV) November 30, 2018
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