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Police: Man caught masturbating in front of child at metro Dollar Tree

Carl Gene Cannon, 46, was arrested Nov. 17 in Oklahoma City on complaints of larceny of merchandise and three counts of indecent exposure. (Oklahoma County Jail)

Police arrested a man after he allegedly was caught exposing himself and masturbating in front of a woman and her child at a metro business.

The Oklahoma City Police Department reports that Carl Gene Cannon, 46, was arrested Nov. 17 on complaints of larceny of merchandise and three counts of indecent exposure.

At approximately 8:55 a.m. police were called to Dollar Tree, 2501 N. Pennsylvania. Police spoke with a woman on scene who stated she was shopping with her 2-year-old son and was at the cash register ringing up items. The woman told police Cannon was standing behind her and when she looked at him he reportedly pulled down his sweatpants and raised his sweatshirt and began masturbating.

The woman pushed her son around the counter and paid for her merchandise. While paying she alerted the cashier to Cannon who also allegedly observed his penis. A manager on scene also observed Cannon's exposed genitals. Cannon then reportedly walked out of the store.

Police were able to track down Cannon as he was walking in the area. The officer immediately noticed Cannon's hands were oily. In his pants, officers reportedly found a bottle of baby oil.

While Cannon was in the back of an officer's vehicle he reportedly stated "I might have had an erection but I never exposed myself". He was later booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.

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