Updated Friday at 7:05 p.m. — Update: Peachtree City police have arrested a 15-year-old male who exposed himself to five women on the cart path system in the area of Flat Creek Road.
A statement released Friday afternoon by Lt. Mark Brown said a 15-year-old juvenile from Peachtree City was arrested at approximately 4:30 p.m. on five counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure and one count of misdemeanor sexual battery. The juvenile was arrested after an extensive surveillance operation conducted by members of the Criminal Investigations Division, Brown said.
Brown said the charges resulted from incidents earlier week, and previous incidents on the multi-use path system.
The juvenile is being held at the regional youth detention center pending a court hearing in the Fayette County Juvenile Court.
“The police department would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for immediately reporting suspicious behavior as a result of these incidents,” Brown added.
After reports of the incidents and prior to the Sept. 7 arrest police urged residents to call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity to give them the best chance of finding the perpetrator. Delays can make it difficult if not impossible to find a person or persons responsible for wrongdoing, police said.
Police also urged path users to take their cellphones with them, and if possible to locate a golf cart decal number, but to be careful not to confront anyone involved in suspicious activity.
On each occasion, the suspect would pass the victim several times before exposing himself, police said. Two of the incidents were reported Wednesday afternoon soon after police sent an initial news release on the matter that was published by several media outlets.
The suspect was initially described as a white male in his late teens to early 20s with wavy hair, average height and a thin to average build. The suspect was reportedly driving a burgandy or maroon-colored four-passenger golf cart with a white top, police said.
The suspect reportedly passed the intial victim, who was walking, several times before he exposed himself to her, police said.
Police were out looking on the paths for the suspect based on 911 calls, but there was a significant delay before the incidents were reported, police said.