Man arrested after alleged exposure at softball game |

Man arrested after alleged exposure at softball game

Elaine Goodman and Ryan Buchan / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A 22-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure Sunday after allegedly exposing himself to people gathered for a softball game next to Bijou Elementary School.

The man pulled his pants down, danced around and drank alcohol in front of players and spectators about 1:40 p.m., said South Lake Tahoe police Sgt. Brian Williams.

The softball tournament was a gathering of off-duty law enforcement officers from outside the area, Williams said. The crowd included men, women and children, he added.

South Lake Tahoe police officers arrived and found the man at his home near the field. Victims identified him and he was arrested, Williams said.

Justin Hunter Howard was booked at El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure.

Concerned that Howard is a danger to the public and wanting to make sure he appears in court, a judge granted a police request to increase Howard’s $1,000 bail by $50,000.

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The suspect remained in custody Sunday evening.

In other weekend news, a power pole caught fire near Spooner Summit south of Highway 50 about 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The fire spread to nearby brush, burning about a quarter acre before firefighters extinguished it, said Battalion Chief Dave Hekhuis with the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District.

Tahoe Douglas, Carson and East Fork Fire Departments responded to the call and had the fire out within an hour, Hekhuis added.

Hekhuis said he is unsure of the exact cause of the fire, but thinks the wind caused a power line to snap.