PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A mother’s quick thinking resulted in the capture of a man who allegedly exposed himself to a minor in a drugstore parking lot Sunday afternoon.
Jeffrey Robinson, 52, of 17 Terrace Street, Perth Andover, New Brunswick, has been summoned on misdemeanor charges of visual sexual aggression against a child and indecent conduct, according to Presque Isle Police Chief Matthew Irwin.
The woman had just entered the Rite Aid on Main Street in Presque Isle around 1:30 p.m while her 16-year-old daughter waited in the car, Irwin said Monday. As the teen waited, a van pulled up next to the car.
Irwin said the girl reported she glanced over and saw a single male in the van. When she glanced over again, she noticed the windows of the van had been rolled down. When she looked over a third time, Irwin said, she saw the man exposing himself and acting in a lewd manner.
“She clearly observed everything,” Irwin said.
The teenager turned away and waited for her mother, Irwin said. When the adult returned to the car, Robinson reportedly drove off.
“The mom chased him down and got his [license plate] number,” Irwin said. “We were able to put that out.”
Robinson was apprehended soon after by agents with the United States Border Patrol in Fort Fairfield and brought to the Presque Isle police station, issued a summons and released.
Irwin is asking anyone who has experienced or witnessed a similar incident that may have involved Robinson to report it to authorities.
“We don’t have any information that he has done this anywhere else,” Irwin said. “But it is my experience when something like this happens it is generally not the first time [and] people may not want to bother us with it.”