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Police: Woman exposed herself to kids while man recorded it

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Typically, reports of indecent exposure in Davis share a similar set of circumstances: a male suspect, acting alone, targeting teenage or adult women.

But Davis police say an out-of-town pair blew that stereotype out of the water Wednesday morning when a woman exposed herself to a pair of young children while a male acquaintance captured the alleged act on camera.

Wenyi Xu, 30, of Folsom; and 61-year-old Nicholas Bowen of Grizzly Flats, a small town in El Dorado County; were taken into custody shortly after the 9:25 a.m. incident on the north end of Community Park, near the Davis Art Center parking lot, Lt. Tom Waltz said.

A person working in the park called police to report that a woman had just flashed two children riding past her on their bicycles while a man either photographed or took video, apparently with a cell phone, according to Waltz.

Wearing a jacket, “she would take whatever overclothes she had off and completely expose herself,” Waltz said. One of the youths reportedly fell off his bicycle during the incident, but did not appear to be injured. Both children rode away before they could be questioned by police.

Officers who responded to the scene detained and arrested Xu and Bowen as they walked northbound away from the park, near Alvarado Avenue, Waltz said. Both were lodged at the Yolo County Jail on indecent exposure, annoying a child, committing lewd acts in public and conspiracy.

Both remained in custody as of Wednesday night, with Xu’s bail set at $20,000 and Bowen’s at $30,000, a jail spokeswoman said. They are scheduled to be arraigned in Yolo Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The relationship between Xu and Bowen was not immediately clear.

Meanwhile, Davis police are investigating whether others may have encountered the pair, either locally or near their hometowns in Sacramento and El Dorado counties. Anyone with information is asked to call the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400.

Detectives also are asking the two children allegedly targeted by the pair on Wednesday morning to come forward to provide a statement, Waltz said. While the youth who fell is believed to have been a boy, the gender of the other child was unknown.

Although Davis is no stranger to indecent-exposure reports, police say this one ranks among the most unusual.

“Indecent exposure is a pretty common call for service, but it’s pretty rare when you have two individuals working in concert,” Waltz said. “What makes it even more disturbing is their target audience — juveniles.”

Special to the Democrat

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 11, 2013 - 11:34 am

    "One of the youths reportedly fell off his bicycle during the incident, but did not appear to be injured. . . . While the youth who fell is believed to have been a boy . . . The fall? . . . totally understandable . . . Lack of injury? . . . totally understandable . . . Newsworthy event? . . . . Absolutely!

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 11, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    Come on! This is as good a tack board as any for sundry irrelevancies.

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  • cookie65July 12, 2013 - 5:26 am

    Who is the exposer and who is the photographer? Like Berkley, Davis is on the forefront of tolerance and diversity so I am surprised there was an arrest. This is the kind of story that goes best with mug-shots.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 12, 2013 - 6:03 am

    mugs here . . . http://www.mtdemocrat.com/print/?edition=2013-07-12&esection=A&ptitle=A3

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  • cookie65July 12, 2013 - 6:40 am

    Thanks Phil, that leads me to the question I was trying to figure out. Why does the guy have a higher bail than the woman? She has a lower bail for exposure to children while he has a higher bail for photography. Is this that inequity we had here the other day? We are talking about the people's republic of Davis so logic and reason do not apply.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 12, 2013 - 6:59 am

    Yes. It makes no sense whatsoever. He's 61. She's 30. . . . So he has more money? . . . but she's the one, more than likely, whos actions caused that poor little kid (boy) to stiffen up and fall off the bike. She caused more harm. She should have had the higher bail. It's clearly not fair. Perhaps she's a "victim"? Sexploitation? We may never know . . .

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  • 1036-FrankJuly 12, 2013 - 7:07 am

    These sick freaks are another great example of a nation of decency and law going under. Throw in the horse molester and killer and the deranged Sheriff's Sgt. and there are some really sick people out there way too close to home. Wonder if the female is illegally in the country and the male half of this duo must have a history of this lewd behavior as well.

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  • ScoopJuly 12, 2013 - 11:06 am

    These "sick freaks" both work for the state of CA. Surprised? The "model" is the "photographer's" secretary. Trust me on this one.

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  • cookie65July 12, 2013 - 7:34 am

    I do wonder about hidden injuries for the young man. Sometimes those lateral head whips can leave injuries that don't surface for years. If at some point in the future he wakes up in the mornings with a stiff neck can he still sue?

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  • No more pg!July 13, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    I thought this was a tv guide story about tonights television broadcast and fell out of my chair when I found out that this was real news! Sounds like what you see on modern commercials. But still, there are motel rooms for that kind of stuff. Watch out you boudoire photo bugs! Never know who might be riding up on your next nature shot!

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