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Police: Cary man exposed himself at several businesses in last 6 months

Posted August 4, 2016

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— The man accused of exposing himself on Monday at a Cary gift shop was charged Wednesday with six counts of indecent exposure at businesses around Cary.

Christopher Vincent Sumrell, 25, of 105 Ribbon Lane, Cary, was charged after six victims said he exposed himself in public, according to arrest warrants. The incidents occurred between Jan. 20 and Aug. 2 this year at six different businesses: Pier 1 Imports, Petco, Sleepy's Mattress Firm, Stein Mart, Vom Fass and Lynn's Party Plus.

Julie Grinsler, the store owner at VOM VASS, said she didn't think anything of Sumrell when he entered her business.

"He just seemed like a normal guy. He told me which bottle (of vinegar) he wanted," she said.

But, what Grinsler said happened next was not normal.

"I came back to the register to ring him out and I looked up and he had exposed himself to me," Grinsler said.

Employees at SteinMart had a similar experience. They said Sumrell came out of a changing room partially undressed.

"He just took it out of his pants and just flashed it," said Jutta Richards the store manager.

Richards said she and her associates were completely caught off guard.

"You shouldn't do anything like this. My associates was very very upset," she said.

Sumrell was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.

Sumrell was previously charged with several counts of indecent exposure at locations around Raleigh, including while he was a student at William Peace University in 2013. He was convicted in another case from 2011 when police said he was in his car in a CVS parking lot and he revved his engine to get attention before exposing himself to passing women.

"I'm very glad he's been arrested. I understand he has been arrested multiple times and I don't understand why he keeps getting let out," Grinsler said.


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  • Demute Sainte Aug 5, 8:21 a.m.
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    Christopher needs help.

    When I conceal carry a firearm... no one can tell unless they lift my shirt. Yet businesses can and do in fact prevent those with firearms from entering their business. That is a violation of my 2nd amendment right to bear arms and I can be charged with a crime if I do. Huummm... so whats the difference?

  • Justa Mann Aug 4, 9:39 p.m.
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    You are talking about people who have no intent of ill will. Those folks will behave appropriately as they have for several decades. It is those who have an intent of ill will that I speak. No one could be charged with exposure in a place where exposure is allowed. Use a small degree of common sense.

  • scot30 Aug 4, 4:55 p.m.

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    Women's restrooms have stalls...not urinals - so if a transgender woman (who still has male privates) goes to the women's restroom to relieve themselves they're going to be in a stall. Nobody is going to see anything. Same goes for a transgender male (who still has female privates) who goes to the male restroom to relieve themselves - they're also going to use a stall because they don't have the right private parts to use a urinal. So nobody is going to see anything there either. Also, a true transgender person who hasn't had reassignment surgery on their private parts yet most certainly isn't going to shower somewhere that anyone would be able to see them completely naked. So nobody's going to see anything there, either.

    And if anyone (transgender or not) is doing any kind of inappropriate behavior, existing privacy laws for indecent exposure, peeping, etc can and will be enforced.

  • William Kinnik Aug 4, 4:17 p.m.
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    Hmmm... sounds like a classic case of overexposure. 😉

  • Justa Mann Aug 4, 3:53 p.m.
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    Sorry Scott, you are wrong. Got to get naked in the shower. In the bathroom things are exposed. It would not be unreasonable for someone to get a glimpse of what is hanging.

    And Johnny, you are wrong also. Repeal HB2 all he has to do is claim a sexual identity. He doesn't have to dress up.

  • Kris Dawn Aug 4, 3:37 p.m.
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    Literally about to say that.

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 4, 2:58 p.m.
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    Disgusting. He needs help, and maybe a padlock on his zipper

  • scot30 Aug 4, 12:50 p.m.

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    Uhhhh...it would not be legal. All public indecency laws apply with or without HB2 - and that include indecent exposure, peeping, etc.

  • Johnny Byrd Aug 4, 12:15 p.m.
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    All he has got to do is wait until HB2 is repealed, get a dress and wig, then he can go into any women's restroom and expose himself legally.

  • Chase Truman Aug 4, 11:43 a.m.
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