BREA ( — Brea Police have announced the arrest of a suspected flasher who pulled down his pants and exposed himself to a woman at the Brea Mall on Monday.

Suspect Patrick Dodenhoff, 45, is described as a transient and registered sex offender.

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Brea Police on Thursday released explicit surveillance video in hopes that someone in the public could identify the suspect.

Officials believe Dodenhoff was responsible for similar flashing episodes in the past week in San Diego, Torrance, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Huntington Beach.

Authorities said they identified Dodenhoff as the subject late yesterday. Officers then located him in San Diego during a felony car stop.

Dodenhoff was taken into custody without incident.  After being booked at the Brea Police Department, he was  transported to Orange County Jail. The suspect is being held without bail on a felony indecent exposure charge as well as prior convictions and a parole violation.

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Dodenhoff was released from state prison in December 2013 and was staying in the San Luis Obispo area. As a registered sex offender and parolee, Dodenhoff was made to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Authorities said Dodenhoff removed his GPS on March 3 and absconded.

The Brea Police Department wants additional victims or witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.


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