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Garner Police: Man Exposed Himself to Woman on Walking Trail

Posted July 29, 2007 2:23 p.m. EDT

— Garner Police arrested a Wake County man late Saturday morning for allegedly exposing himself to a female at Lake Benson Park.

Joseph Walls, 20, of 8400 Fawncrest Drive in Raleigh, was charged with one count of indecent exposure after the alleged victim reported the incident to authorities.

According to police reports, the woman was walking along a wooded trail at Lake Benson Park when Walls walked by her and exposed himself, she said.

The woman went back to her car and called 911. Walls left before the police arrived, but the woman was able to get the license tag of the vehicle he was driving, officials said.

Police found Walls’ 1994 Honda Accord minutes later at his home just outside Garner. Assisted by the Wake County Sheriff's Department, Garner Police took Walls into custody without incident.

"The [woman] really helped make this case by getting the license tag," Sgt. Veronica Weaver said in a police press release. "The information she gave probably stopped this person from committing this offense again."

This was the second incident of indecent exposure at Lake Benson park this month, police said.

On July 13, police were called to a similar incident, which had a similar suspect description. Police are still investigating whether the two cases are related.

Walls’ brother, 17-year-old Anthony Walls, was charged by the Wake County Sheriff's Department with manufacturing and possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance after police found a marijuana plant at the Walls’ home during the investigation.

Joseph Walls is at the Wake County Jail under $1,000 secured bond.