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Charles C. Word

Indecent exposure

Newark man arrested for indecent exposure


10:09 a.m., May 20, 2013--Newark Police have arrested a 31-year-old Newark man in an indecent exposure incident that occurred around 6:15 a.m., Sunday, May 19, on South Chapel Street, Newark.

A 22-year-old woman was walking south on South Chapel Street near Delaware Avenue when a man in a silver Dodge Charger pulled over and asked for directions. When she approached and looked into the vehicle, she saw that his pants were down and he was exposing himself. She walked away from the vehicle, which pulled away and turned left onto East Main Street. 

The victim continued to walk away and turned eastbound onto Delaware Avenue when the man pulled up a second time and tried to engage her in conversation. When she said she was calling the police, he fled in his vehicle.

Using video surveillance cameras, Newark Police officers obtained the registration information for the vehicle and were able to positively identify the driver as Charles C. Word of Newark. Officers took Word into custody at his residence without incident.

Word was charged with one count of second degree indecent exposure and one count of harassment and released on $4,000 unsecured bail.

Anyone with additional information about this incident should contact Officer Ronald Zappaterrini at 302-366-7110 ext. 444 or  Anonymous tips can be texted to 302NPD with message to TIP411. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or, where a reward may be available.

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