Suspected Serial Exhibitionist Arrested for Incidents near University
Photo: David F. Herrington
BERKELEY — A suspected serial exhibitionist was arrested for appalling behavior near the Berkeley campus of the University of California. The suspect exposed himself and masturbated numerous times in public.
The man arrested is believed responsible for startling students and residents in the vicinity of Dwight Way and Etna Street. Since last summer, police received more than a dozen reports about the man’s antics.
Witnesses reported seeing a man standing outside exposing himself within view of resident’s windows. The area where these incidents occurred is primarily populated by university students.
As the number of sightings multiplied, patrol officers and sex crimes detectives kept a lookout. Authorities set up several surveillance operations in hopes of catching the man.
In November 2018, a suspicious person was detained for questioning by an officer. Immediately afterward, new reports of sightings stopped, but authorities continued to investigate prior incidents to build a strong case.
Eventually, authorities obtained an arrest warrant for a man who works for an app-based ride sharing company. The suspect is identified as David F. Herrington, a 34-year-old Berkeley transient.
With assistance from the California Highway Patrol, Berkeley police arrested Herrington in Oakland on March 23. However, Herrington was subsequently released on his own recognizance.
Presently, Herrington faces four misdemeanor charges for indecent exposure. These relate to incidents reported in June, September, October and November of 2018.