A 29-year-old Laurel man was arrested on outstanding warrants Oct. 29 for allegedly exposing himself to women and attempting to make them enter his vehicle in Georgetown this summer.
According to the Georgetown Police Department, a 40-year-old woman contacted police around 2:30 p.m. on July 26 stating Mario J. Santiago sold her a cell phone from his vehicle but failed to give her a phone charger. The woman told police she found Santiago on Kimmey Street and flagged him down. When she approached the vehicle, police said the woman observed that Santiago was nude from the waist down and was holding his penis. The woman told police that Santiago open the car door and attempted to pull her into the vehicle. The woman claims Santiago released her after she began yelling that she was going to call police.
Police said later that day, around 7:50 p.m., they were contacted by a 43-year-old woman who said she was approached by Santiago in his vehicle as she walked on Calhoun Street. The woman told police Santiago pulled up beside her, stopped the vehicle and called her to the car door to ask her a question. The woman claims that as she approached the vehicle, she could see that Santiago was nude from the waist down and was exposing his penis. Police said the woman immediately walked away and advised Santiago that she was contacting authorities.
Police said both victims described the vehicle as a tan or gold Geo Prism. Police said the same night, around 9:30 p.m., officers located a vehicle matching that description abandoned at the Georgetown Package Store on N. Bedford Street. Police said store clerks advised a subject got out of the vehicle and walked southbound on U.S. Route 113. A search conducted after the vehicle was towed unveiled evidence linking Santiago to the incidents. Police said both victims positively identified Santiago in photo line-ups.
Police said Santiago was arrested in Maryland and incarcerated at the Wicomico County Detention Center in Salisbury. He was extradited to Delaware on Oct. 29. Santiago is charged with attempted kidnapping, indecent exposure, offensive touching, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of bond.