A 31-year-old Eagan man suspected by residents of exposing himself in numerous incidents for the past year or so has been caught, charged and has a court date next week.
Robert J. Stephenson is charged in Hennepin County District Court with misdemeanor indecent exposure in connection with allegedly standing at the end of a south Minneapolis alley with no clothes on one morning on Labor Day weekend. Stephenson has been charged by summons, meaning he remains free before a Monday court appearance.
His attorney, Eric Newmark, said Tuesday that he's aware of reports of similar incidents being blamed on his client as Stephenson drives a periwinkle blue Chevy Spark, but he said his client has only been charged in the one incident.
However, Stephenson might not be solely responsible for all the incidents being tracked by residents.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation spokeswoman Dawn Sommers said Tuesday evening there are two suspects, the other being Kenneth J. Sanford, recently charged in connection with these incidents. Sanford, 44, has been charged with numerous misdemeanor offenses, with some occurring near Lake Calhoun.
The charge against Stephenson came thanks to Minneapolis park police winning court approval in July to put an electronic tracking device on his car.
According to the misdemeanor criminal complaint:
Park Police Lt. Mark Swanson began monitoring Stephenson's car from about 3 to 7 a.m. on Sept. 3 traveling in areas where indecent exposure reports had been filed. Swanson positively identified Stephenson as the driver.
About 9 a.m., Swanson received a call from a woman saying she just saw a man at the end of the alley near Oakland Avenue and 47th Street standing outside a blue Chevy Spark and "totally naked."
Swanson checked the GPS data and confirmed that Stephenson's car was in "that exact location at that time."