BRYAN - UPDATE: New charges against the man accused of flashing women in the Austin's Estates neighborhood.
Calvin Coffer is now charged with Indecent Exposure and Driving While License Suspended. His bond increased with the new charges from $2,000 to $52,000.
As we first reported last night as breaking news on Facebook, Twitter and News 3 at 10:00, Coffer was arrested around 8:00 p.m. after knocking on the back door of a police officer’s home.
A few minutes before that encounter, Coffer was spotted in a backyard on Esquire Court. According to the probable cause statement, Douglas Taylor says his daughter saw a man in the backyard. When Taylor went outside to ask Coffer if he could help, Coffer said he was having car trouble and did not know the road in the area. Taylor told Coffer he was in his backyard, not a road.
Coffer then said he was thirsty and asked Taylor if he had a water hose. Taylor turned on the hose and noticed scratches on Coffer. When he asked how Coffer got them, Coffer said from barbed wire. Taylor then asked “Where did you get in barbed wire?” Instead of answering, Coffer thanked him for the water and walked off into the woods.
He emerged in the backyard of Lt. Alan Baron, an officer with the University Police Department. Coffer knocked on his back door and told Baron he was having car trouble and needed help. Baron told him to walk around to the front of the house. Baron then called dispatch and said a man matching the flasher’s description was at his house.
When police arrived a short time later, Coffer told them he was not sure where he came from or how he got the scratches. The last thing he remembered was being with his friend Nicky around 7:30 a.m.
Coffer was taken into custody for questioning and later charged with criminal trespass.
The indecent exposure charge comes from one of two incidents in the same neighborhood. Around 7:00 a.m., a woman in the 3600 block of Western says Coffer blocked her driveway with his van while he sat inside, touching himself. About an hour later, a female jogger says Coffer followed her and then exposed himself.
Police say there was insufficient evidence to charge him with two counts of indecent exposure.
Indecent exposure is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail.
Wednesday 10:30 p.m.
Bryan Police have arrested a man who could be connected to several flashing cases.
Police say Calvin Jacob Coffer, 23 of Bryan, knocked on the back door of a home in Austin Estates around 7:45 p.m. What he didn’t know is that a police officer lives there. The officer asked him to go around to the front. It was then the officer realized that Coffer matched the description of the flashing suspect.
Coffer is charged with Criminal Trespass and is being held on a $2,000 bond. Police say he may be tied to other cases.
Authorities have asked News 3 to conceal the suspect's face as they question victims and witnesses of Wednesday's incident.
News 3 did some digging and learned Coffer is a registered sex offender. According to the state's registry, he was arrested for indecent exposure in August 2011 and then again less than 5 months later in January 2012.
According to a story in the KBTX archives, a then 21-year-old Coffer was arrested in November 2011 for exposing himself in the McDonald's parking lot on Rock Prairie Road in College Station.
A woman says she saw Coffer sitting in the driver's seat of his car, with his genitals exposed and inappropriately touching himself. Police say Coffer drove off when he noticed the woman reach for her cell phone.
Coffer was also arrested in July 2011 for a similar incident in a Freebird's parking lot in College Station.
Coffer has a lengthy arrest record dating back to November 2008. His first indecent exposure charge, as far as we can tell at this point, was July 2011.
11/18/08 – Possession of a controlled substance
02/07/09 – Theft of property >$50 <$500
12/10/10 - DWLI
4/20/11 – DWLI with previous conviction
07/01/11 – Indecent Exposure
07/18/11 – Theft
11/4/11 - Theft of property < $50
11/25/11 – Indecent Exposure (released 2/14/12)
09/06/12 – Criminal Trespass, DWLI with previous conviction
09/11/12 – DWLI
10/12/12 – Assault with bodily injury to family member
10/25/12 - Burglary
Original Story, Wednesday, June 18, 2:55 p.m.
Authorities are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself and committed lewd acts in a Bryan neighborhood.
Wednesday around 7:00 a.m., a woman in the 3600 block of Western says her vehicle had been blocked by a van. Inside, there was a person touching himself, and when he knew he had been seen, the woman said he drove off.
A little more than an hour later, another woman was jogging in the 4400 block of Colony Chase when a person who appeared to be the same man exposed himself to the jogger after following her.
The vehicle in question, a greenish-blue minivan, was later found by police in the area and removed.
The suspect is described as white male, 20-to-25 years old, standing 6'2" and weighing 330 pounds.
In what may be a connected incident, around 11:20 a.m., a heavy-set man in a black T-shirt and shorts was found in a back yard in the 3900 block of Austin's Estates, but then fled in an unknown direction. Police did not know if the same person was behind the previous two incidents.
Bryan Police says they have increased patrols in the area as a result of the incidents.
If you have any information regarding Wednesday morning's events, contact Bryan PD at (979) 209-5300 or Brazos County Crime Stoppers at (979) 775-TIPS.