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Masturbating man approached unsuspecting women in parking lots, police say

By: Jesse Martinez
LAS CRUCES, N.M. A Las Cruces woman thought she was helping a man with directions at a local grocery store, but police said that man exposed himself to her.

The incident happened on March 11 when a woman was walking through the parking lot near Pros Ranch Market on El Paseo Road.

Police said a heavyset man was circling her in a white SUV. The woman told police the man eventually drove up next to her and asked for directions.

When the woman looked at the man, she saw that his pants were down and he was masturbating, police said.

The man, who was later identified as Jason Alfredo Molina, allegedly continued to follow the woman and asked her if she wanted to get inside his vehicle.

On March 15 a woman visiting an ice cream shop on Main Street reported a similar incident.

This woman was with her 3-year-old son when a man in an SUV parked near her vehicle yelled out to her, police said.

She was carrying her son when she noticed the man had his pants down and was masturbating, police said.

The man drove away, and the woman was able to get the SUVs license plate and forward it to police.

Police traced the vehicle to Molinas home on the 5400 block of Clavel Road north of Las Cruces.

Molina was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of indecent exposure. He was booked into the county jail with bail set at $2,500 cash-only.

Police believe there may be additional victims in this case. Anyone who experienced a similar incident is asked to call police at 575-526-0795.