Naked Winter Haven man arrested for committing lewd acts

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WINTER HAVEN, FL. - A 62-year-old man has been arrested after he was seen naked and committing lewd acts in public on two separate occasions.

Willie James Washington, who has a long and violent criminal history, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 2 counts of Indecent Exposure, 2 counts of Intimidation/Wearing Mask to Conceal Identity, Burglary and Violation of Probation.

On May 15 around 9 p.m., a nude black male was seen inside of a fenced front entry way of a nursing home, located on Lake Martha Dr., NE. The male was wearing a t-shirt over his head and peering into windows. A worker inside saw the suspect masturbating while staring at a worker. The worker didn't immediately contact police, but called the next day after management learned of the incident. Officers responded, but were unable to locate the suspect.

On Wednesday around 7 a.m., a naked black male was seen by a pedestrian walking near the Chain of Lakes Trail acting suspicious. The witness saw the male first emerge from some bushes and then duck back in. The suspect jumped out completely naked, fondling himself. He had something covering his face and was wearing gloves. The witness screamed at the man saying she was going to call police. He jumped back in the bushes, grabbed his clothes and fled. The witness was able to provide a clothing description from when he first appeared out of the bushes as well as the direction the suspect ran.

As officers approached the area, they saw a male fitting the suspect's description near a vehicle close to the parking lot of a Home Depot. Officers made contact and ultimately the witness positively identified Washington as the one she saw on the trail.

Because of the similarities in the two incidents, detectives were able to identify Washington as the suspect.

Washington was charged with both incidents and booked into the Polk County Jail.