VICTORVILLE, CA (FOX 11) - Police arrested a man accused of performing a sex act on himself while driving and following a teenage boy who was walking home.
Victorville police arrested and booked 27-year-old Brad Winston Powell for felony annoying/molesting a child and indecent exposure.
According to a press release, several tips helped Victorville PD identify Powell as the suspect in an incident that took place near Freeport Drive and Andrea Drive Monday around 6:40 p.m.
The victim's brother, Jeremiah Dugan told FOX 11 his 16-year-old brother was walking home when Powell slowly pulled up behind him.
Dugan said this was not his brother's first encounter with the man. He said the same incident happened a few months ago, but the teen didn't report it to the police because he didn't have any proof. This second time, he recorded Powell's lewd crime on his cell phone.
“I was disgusted," Dugan said. "Once I saw the video was when I went outside to try to find him.”
In the video, the teen is heard saying, "it is 6:42 p.m. and I’m almost home.”
Then we asks "what?" to the man in the dark-colored BMW. He repeats himself and the man ask, "What time is it?"
All while performing a sex act on himself while staring directly at the teen who was still recording.
The teen ran into his home to tell his father. The family reported the crime to the police, but Dugan said they never heard back.
“I wanted to react with violence, but obviously I couldn’t find the guy so that’s what I made the Facebook post for. So maybe someone else could find him.”
Victorville police found him. They said several tips helped them identify Powell and arrest him at a home on Brighton Circle.
Neighbors said this home belonged to one of Powell's family members and he often visited.
They were shocked and upset because they often let their kids play with kids who lived at the house.
“Luckily my wife has a boundaries in place that doesn’t let my kids go into houses because they got little girls that live there as well," said Darryl Ellis.
"I feel bad because my—not only my grandson, all the little kids go play there. The little girls. I’m so hurt!" Hope Esperanza Rodriguez cried.
Powell is being held at high desert detention center.
A photo of Powell is being released; as it is believed, there may be additional victims. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department, Detective S. Boydston, at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.