CAPE CORAL, Fla.- On January 18th, a 14-year-old girl was walking home from her bus stop near the 2000 Block of Del Prado Blvd North when a white two-door car drove past her slowly. The driver looked at the girl and began licking his lips. The driver circled around and drove past the girl a second time. This time, the driver was masturbating. The vehicle then fled the area. Cape Coral Police Detectives began investigating the case and developed a suspect.
Detectives developed 18-year-old Zachary Elder as a suspect in the crime and were building their case for an arrest.
On February 6th, a 17-year-old girl was walking home from her bus stop also located in the 2000 Block of Del Prado Blvd North when she was approached by a male in a white two-door car. The male suspect asked the teenage girl if she wanted to get into the car and offered her marijuana and “blues” (street slang for Roxycodone pills). The male was again masturbating when talking to the girl. The victim ran from the car and crossed Del Prado Blvd and ran to a gas station for safety. The girl called her mother who in turn called Cape Coral Police.
Officers went to Elder’s home and discovered his white two-door was in the driveway and the engine was hot, as if the car was recently running. Contact was made with Elder in his driveway by the officers. Another officer escorted the 17-year-old victim to the area where Elder was identified as the suspect who had exposed himself to her.
Detectives interviewed Elder about the two incidents to which he confessed. Elder was arrested on charges of Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition and Exposure of Sexual Organs and taken to the Lee County Jail.
“Thankfully these brave girls decided to come forward and report these crimes to police. These girls’ and their parents’ trust in the police department gave the detectives and officers the opportunity to arrest the suspect and get him off of our streets,” said Lieutenant Tony Sizemore.