Newark Police have arrested a man they say exposed himself more than a dozen times since 2011, including several incidents on the University of Delaware campus.
On Saturday, around 10:45 p.m., police received a report of a naked man exposing himself to two women on Beverly Road near Sunset Road. The women told police they were walking on Beverly when they saw a man with a shirt and no pants on walking on the other side of the road, slapping his buttocks. Police say the man then fled between two homes.
Newark and University of Delaware Police officers responded to the area and say they later found the man, fully clothed, emerging from the trees at the corner of Beverly Road and Manns Avenue. Investigators say the man tried to run away but was quickly caught by two officers after he tried to climb a fence.
The man, identified as Jason Grubbs, 39, of Avondale, Pa., was arrested and charged with 13 counts of indecent exposure and numerous other offenses.
Investigators from both departments say they’ve been trying to locate Grubbs for the past two years. He has been linked back to 16 similar incidents since 2011.
Police say they had received numerous calls from women, ranging from 19 to 59 years of age, reporting a man exposing himself at the University of Delaware campus or appearing naked in nearby woods.
Grubbs allegedly would walk naked behind the victims or expose himself before fleeing on foot. He would sometimes disappear between bushes or run between homes and emerge again, fully clothed, according to investigators.
Grubbs faces 34 total charges, including 22 counts of Second Degree Indecent Exposure.