A Basalt man who allegedly exposed himself on the Fourth of July and again Thursday faces criminal charges and has been banned from a park.
Authorities contacted Joaquin Rangel, 55, on July 4 after two people said they saw him exposing himself on a bench in Basalt’s Riverfront Park on Two Rivers Road.
“He was also seen in the bushes masturbating,” wrote Basalt police Sgt. Stu Curry in an arrest affidavit.
Curry said Friday that Rangel told him he was exposing himself because he was urinating. He was cited for indecent exposure and then arrested after police learned there was a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear for a traffic case in Eagle County.
Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Curry returned again to the park on a call about Rangel.
Curry’s affidavit says the report concerned a male “in the bushes” with his pants down.
“I arrived on scene and met with three different victims,” Curry wrote. “All three had witnessed the male in the bushes.”
One man told Curry that as he walked by the river, he noticed Rangel in the bushes possibly urinating.
The man “said that he walked over to the male and asked him if everything was all right,” the affidavit says. Rangel “became agitated and asked why [the man] was harassing him.”
A woman told Curry that she also had been down by the river when she saw Rangel with his pants down and that he appeared to be masturbating.
She decided to call police, Curry wrote.
The third person told Curry that she was taking her dog down to a pond in the park when she saw Rangel.
The woman “stated she turned around and the male was now following her with his zipper open touching [himself],” the affidavit says.
Rangel told police he had done nothing wrong and that he was sleeping on a bench.
Curry said Friday that Rangel will be cited for trespassing if he returned to Riverfront Park.
Rangel was advised of the charges, which include indecent exposure — a misdemeanor — in Eagle County Court on Friday and held on a $20,000 bond.