Photo of a car and license plate catch sicko
Police have arrested a man who they believe watched women shower, exposed himself and performed sex acts at nine mobile home and RV parks in Mesa.
Forty-five-year-old William Allen Holt Jr. of Gilbert was arrested on seven counts of public sexual indecency, one count of assault, one count of sexual abuse and four counts of making harassing telephone calls. Holt is married with two children.
"I worked sex crimes for 12 or 13 years and I thought I heard it all," said Det. Jerry Gissel, a Mesa police spokesman. "This is how they get their sexual gratification."
The incidents occurred at nine Mesa mobile home and RV parks, several of them clustered on East Main Street, between March and July 2006, police said.
Dan Martin, general manager of the Good Life RV Park, said a female resident reported that a man using an outdoor shower at about 7:30 a.m. last month exposed and fondled himself.
Jean Fogge, manager of the Mesa Spirit RV Park, said one resident in her park screamed when she saw a man peeking over the shower, and then the man left. She said she feels relieved by Wednesday's arrest.
"I think it's terrific," Fogge said.
A resident at one of the parks took a photo of a car and license plate following one of the incidents. The photo led police to Holt. A police booking document said Holt worked for the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale for two months and has a history of misdemeanor convictions for indecent exposure, trespassing and theft.
When police confronted Holt Monday at his home, they say he admitted to most of the crimes but grabbed a gun hidden in a television cabinet and pointed it at himself.
Detectives retreated from the home and called in a SWAT team. After a three-hour standoff, police launched a chemical agent and Holt surrendered peacefully.
Holt was being held on a $180,000 bond at a Maricopa County Jail.