General Crime

* Gilroy taxi driver Juan Guzman arrested for allegedly masturbating at Saint Louise Regional Hospital waiting room


A taxi driver was arrested at a Gilroy hospital Wednesday after he was allegedly seen masturbating next to a 10-year-old girl in a waiting room.Officers responded to Saint Louise Regional Hospital at 9400 No Name Uno on a report of a man masturbating in public at around 2 p.m., according to the Gilroy Police Department.Investigators learned that a Union Taxi driver, later identified as 59-year-old Juan Guzman, had been called to the hospital for a fare, which was canceled when he got there. As he was leaving, Guzman apparently sat down next to a 10-year-old girl in one of the waiting rooms and began to rub his crotch over his pants, according to police. A short time later he exposed his penis and began masturbating.The girl walked out of the room, and Guzman allegedly began to  follow her. A hospital employee distracted him until security arrived and detained him.Police eventually arrested the suspect for annoying a child and indecent exposure. He was booked at Santa Clara County jail. The owner of Union Taxi told police Guzman had only been working for the company for five days and that he had not been required to go to the Police Department to apply for a taxi permit.Anyone who has information about the suspect or has a report of a similar interaction with him should contact Gilroy police Detective Smith at  (408) 846-0333.

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