General Crime

* Richard Hudson arrested for allegedly exposing himself in Sonoma Safeway store

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Sonoma police have arrested a man suspected of exposing himself to females at three local stores over the past month, a police sergeant said. Richard Hudson, 59, was arrested at his Sonoma home at about 7:45 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Dave Thompson said. The crimes occurred at the Sonoma Safeway store and the nearby Sonoma Market on Sept. 28, and at a CVS store on Sept. 15. The suspect entered the Safeway store around 10 p.m. on Sept. 28 and exposed himself to a female shopper, police said.

He then fled and went across the street to the Sonoma Market, where he again exposed himself, this time to a female employee, according to police. Officers responded to the market but were unable to find the man. The stores are both located at the intersection of West Napa Road and Fifth Street West in Sonoma.

Employees from both stores provided police with images of the man obtained from surveillance footage, police said. Hudson was identified as a suspect after police received a tip from someone who saw the images on the news, Thompson said. He was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure and annoying or molesting a person under age 18, Thompson said.

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