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Abilene Police: Man arrested after exposing himself at store

By Joe Fry, Assignment Editor/Photographer, jfry@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 10 2012 11:08:30 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 10 2012 02:11:40 PM CST
Phillip Cummings
ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene man has been arrested for exposing himself inside a local business.

On Friday morning, police were called to a business in the 4700 block of Southwest Drive regarding a man allegedly exposing himself to patrons and employees.

Police found 27- year-old Phillip Cummings at an address close to the store.

An employee identified Cummings as the person exposing himself inside the store, police said.

Cummings was arrested for indecent exposure.

Here’s Monday’s complete “Police Report” from Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 11:20 a.m. Friday, Officer Lance Vines responded to an indecent exposure call at a business in the 4700 block of Southwest Drive (Walmart). APD dispatch was notified by a store employee about a male subject exposing himself inside the store. The store employee further explained that he was approached by a store patron that informed him of this allegation. As Officer Vines responded, he learned that the male subject was already leaving the store parking lot in a pickup truck. Officer Vines was given the vehicle’s description, located it in the 4500 block of Peppergrass Lane and contacted the alleged subject. Officer Vines’ preliminary investigation also revealed that another victim, a female store employee, was working in the store when the subject had exposed his penis to her. The store employee was identified and wanted to pursue charges. The store employee positively identified the male subject, that Officer Vines contacted in the pickup truck, as the subject that had exposed himself to her. The male subject was arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure. This investigation continues.

At about 1:18 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a disturbance in progress outside a residence in 800 block of North LaSalle Drive. APD dispatch had received notification that a fight was occurring and that the calling party heard screaming. Officer Cory Davis contacted a few male subjects, including a female subject, at the incident location. At one point during this preliminary investigation, the female subject struck a uniformed officer in the chin with her hand. The investigation further revealed that the female subject was extremely intoxicated and the hand that she used to assault the officer was covered in blood from a cut she received by breaking a window. The female subject was arrested for felony harassment of a public servant. No other arrests were made.

At about 2:25 p.m. Sunday, Officers Jesus Villarreal and Jerame Montgomery responded to a shoplifter call at a business in the 900 block of North Willis Street. APD dispatch had received notification from a store employee that an older male subject had attempted to steal two packages of meat and a patron’s purse. The employee stated that the subject was detained in one of their offices. Officers arrived and conducted their preliminary investigation which revealed that the male subject had concealed a patron’s purse, along with two packages of New York strip valued at approximately $33, before leaving the store. The subject was then contacted by store employees in the parking lot. Officer Villarreal learned that the patron’s purse was recovered from the male subject and returned to the victim. The purse had allegedly been stolen from the victim’s shopping cart. The owner of the purse left the scene before officers arrived and was not identified. A records check revealed that the subject had several prior theft convictions. The investigation also revealed that the subject was intoxicated and left the store without paying for the steaks. The steaks were recovered and the subject was arrested for felony theft (based on previous theft convictions) and for public intoxication.