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Mexican police nab Seattle man busted for indecent exposure at Supermall
A Seattle man busted last spring for felony indecent exposure in the Supermall parking lot in Auburn was arrested by police June 21 in Mexico on a US fugitive warrant for rape, indecent exposure and lewd conduct.
Kenneth Libke, 56, who has a long criminal record for indecent exposure and lewd conduct in US cities, was picked up on the streets of San Felipe, Mexico, at 12:55 p.m., according to the online site, La Voz de la frontera.
Libke had been seven times convicted of indecent exposure-related crimes prior to his arrest in the Supermall parking lot on June 2, 2011.
Prosecutors added a second charge based on similar behavior in the mall parking lot again on July 29, 2011, while Libke was awaiting arraignment on the first charge.
King County Prosecutor's Spokesman Dan Donohoe said Libke failed to appear for his Aug. 4, 2011 arraignment on the Auburn charges, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
"We know he is in US custody now in Imperial County, Calif," Donohoe said. "We should know early next week about the status of his extradition to Washington."
According to Auburn Police Detective Anna Weller's certification for determination of probable cause – the basis for the charge in the Auburn case – a mall security officer had been monitoring a surveillance video feed of the parking lot at 12:15 p.m. that day when she spotted a grey Jeep suspiciously parked outside of the Nordstrom Rack.
The man at the wheel seemed nervous, as though he were preparing to shoplift, the officer said. The officer trained the camera on the Jeep as it moved to the front of the store then zoomed in for a closer look. Through the windshield she saw a man in the driver's seat, right arm and hand pumping up and down in a highly suspicious manner.
At this point according to Weller's account, a person walked past the Jeep, the vehicle moved forward and then turned, giving the officer a clear view into the front passenger compartment. There sat a man, naked from the waist down. Suddenly naueated, the guard knew exactly what the man was doing.
The officer told police she nearly threw up at that point but pulled herself together, according to Weller's account. Concerned that others might see what she had witnessed through the Jeep's untinted windows, she called police.
In the meantime, Weller's account continues, another security officer found a second witness. This second witness later told police that during the course of the previous six months he had seen the same man cruising the parking lot, as though searching for something. That something the witness believed to have been women, whom the man would drive toward before slowing his vehicle.
The witness wrote down the Jeep's license plate number, and according to Weller's account, he later positively identified Libke from a photo montage.
Libke has a long history of sexual crimes, including convictions for public indecency at the Alderwood Mall parking lot in Lynnwood.in 2010, lewd conduct in 1993 and 1997, and indecent exposure in 1980, 1981, 2002 and 2006. In 1981, he was convicted of battery on a peace officer.