SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A transient man is in the Lane County Jail, facing public indecency charges.
Police say he exposed him himself near a popular running trail Monday night, along the Willamette River near the West D Street boat landing.
A woman out enjoying the warm spring weather near the boat landing in Springfield saw something disturbing nearby the popular running destination.
“Yesterday about 7:36 p.m., we received a call at River Hills and West D Street a report of a person exposing himself,” said Sgt. Rich Charboneau, Springfield Police Department.
Police say the naked man was performing inappropriate acts near women.
When officers arrived at the boat landing, they saw John Littrell, who matched the description given by the victim.
He was fully clothed and riding on a bike away from the scene. He ran away then jumped into the Willamette River. A K-9 unit came in to track him down.
“The person was ultimately located hiding inside a car inside of a closed garage on a house on West D Street,” Charboneau said.
Police say although the bike path is a popular destination, it’s not completely unheard of for something like this to happen.
“Even though near the city is isolated because of the trees, and so there are people around and people that participate in this kind of behavior, which he has done in the past, usually don’t care that other people are around,” Charboneau said.
And as they investigate Littrell and his actions from Monday night, they’re re-visiting some recent cases at the boat landing, including an attempted kidnapping in February.
“We don’t. However, one of our detectives is working on whether this person has been involved in similar behavior,” Charboneau said.
Police say anyone who sees an act like this or just feels that someone is acting suspicious should call 9-1-1 so they can investigate.