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Winter Haven police arrested a man who, they said, was naked and committing lewd acts in public on two different occasions.
Willie James Washington was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of Indecent Exposure, two counts of Intimidation / Wearing Mask to Conceal Identity, Burglary and Violation of Probation.
Police said the Winter Haven resident was seen around 9:00 p.m. on May 15, fully nude outside a nursing home, 904 Lake Martha Dr., NE, with a t-shirt over his head and peering into windows.
A worker inside saw the suspect masturbating while staring at the worker. The worker didn't immediately contact police, but called the next day after management learned of the incident.
Video of the incident was obtained from the nursing home, but a positive identification was unable to be made at the time.
On Wednesday around 7 a.m., a pedestrian walking near the Chain of Lakes Trail saw a man acting suspicious. The witness saw the man emerge from some bushes and then duck back in. The witness continued walking and when she turned back around and approached the area again, the suspect jumped out completely naked, fondling himself.
He had something covering his face and was wearing gloves. The witness screamed at the man saying she was going to call police. He jumped back in the bushes, grabbed his clothes and ran off. The witness was able to provide a clothing description from when he first appeared out of the bushes as well as the direction the suspect ran.
As officers approached the area, they saw a male fitting the suspect's description near a vehicle close to the parking lot of Home Depot (2000 8th St., NE). Officers made contact and ultimately the witness positively identified Washington as the one she saw on the trail.
Because of the similarities in the two incidents, Detectives went back to the video from the nursing home and ultimately were able to identify Washington as the suspect. Washington was charged with both incidents and booked into the Polk County Jail.
Washington, 62, has a long and violent criminal history across several states, including arrests for Armed Robbery (multiple times), Armed Burglary (multiple times), Fraud Impersonating an Officer, Trespassing, Shoplifting, Kidnapping, Grand Larceny, Multiple weapons charges, Agg. Assault with a Firearm, Poss. of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Dealing in Stolen Property, Resisting an Officer, Multiple Drug Offenses (Cocaine), Multiple Paraphernalia Offenses, Agg. Assault on a Police Officer, Fraudulent use of Credit Cards, Theft by Extortion, Terroristic Threats, and Disorderly