Shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, Ventura police received a report of a man walking around the 1700 block of Victoria Avenue in a shopping mall, exposing himself.
The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s with black hair, wearing a blue sweatshirt and army pants. Officers reached the area but could not locate the suspect. The reporting witnesses told police the suspect left in a gray sedan.
About 30 minutes later, Ventura police received another report about a suspect with a similar description in a similar car exposing himself in the area of Shenandoah Street and Portola Road. Again, he was able to evade officers.
Later that day at about 4:30 p.m., Ventura police received another report about a man masturbating in a gray sedan in the 6600 block of Telephone Road. Officers arrived on scene and detained the suspect, who was later identified as Nicolas Russell. Russell was arrested for lewd conduct.
The investigations into these incidents are ongoing. If you have any information about these cases, you're urged to contact the Ventura Police Department.