Puyallup police arrest man accused of lewd behavior in park restroom

Puyallup police arrested a 28-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly tried to expose himself to a city employee and stopped her from leaving a restroom at Pioneer Park.

The 24-year-old employee told police the man followed her into the women’s bathroom about 6:30 a.m. and confronted her while she washed her hands.

He allegedly unbuttoned and unzipped his pants to expose himself to her but didn’t, police spokesman Scott Engle said in a statement.

The man blocked the employee from leaving the restroom for about five to 10 minutes, and eventually fled when she raised her fist at him.

Officers found the man a short distance away in the 900 block of South Meridian Street and arrested him without incident.

Officers determined the man was involved in a similar incident at the park Monday. A male city employee found a man, alone, undressed and committing a sexual act in the men’s restroom about 6:30 a.m.

The employee told the man to leave the restroom and he did.

The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail for felony unlawful imprisonment, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.