Clermont police identify suspect in flasher case

UPDATE: Clermont police on Friday obtained a warrant for the arrest of Jon Paul Navarro, 32, who is accused of exposing his genitals to a woman around 5:20pm July 15 in the parking lot of BJ’s Wholesale Club, 2577 S. Highway 27, according to a police news release.

The victim was loading groceries in her car when Navarro (pictured in 2009) pulled up behind her in his silver four-door Hyundai Sonata and asked her for directions to Walmart, the release states. When she turned to face him, she saw him exposing himself.

She was able to get the vehicle’s license tag number, which she provided to police. Clermont detectives tracked down the suspect through the tag, and the victim positively identified Navarro in a photo lineup, the release states.

Navarro will be charged with one count of exposure of sexual organs. Police are working to tie Navarro to similar incidents (see below) and are asking anyone who may be a victim of a similar type of incident to come forward and report it.

May 24 report:

Clermont police are investigating allegations of a man exposing himself to patrons of the Target store at 2660 E. Highway 50.

A female customer told Target employees Monday, May 15, that a man had exposed himself to her in the parking lot as he sat in his vehicle, a police news release states. Target sent out correspondence to their employees to make them aware of the incident.

The next day, an employee of the Target Starbucks was approached by a white vehicle in the lot. The driver, described as a Hispanic man 21 to 26 years of age, attempted to engage her in conversation while sitting in his vehicle, the release states. As he asked her for directions, she noticed his zipper was undone and she thought this may be the same man mentioned in Target’s correspondence. She didn’t respond to the driver’s questions and hurried into the store.

Meanwhile, a family member of the victim from the May 15 encounter made a post on Facebook that ultimately alerted the Clermont Police Department of the incident, the release states.

In an apparently unrelated incident, Clermont police received a report Monday, May 22, of a man exposing himself to an employee of the McDonald’s restaurant at 4307 W. Highway 27, a news release states. The employee reported that between the hours of 8pm and 9:30pm, a silver van driven by a black male with a shaved head came through the drive thru. The man exposed himself, but the employee ignored the man, and he drove away with no further contact. If anyone has information about this man, they should contact Detective Michel at 352.536.8422.

Residents are urged to be aware of their surroundings at any business, and to report any suspicious behavior or vehicles to police.