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San Marcos Police Arrest Suspect in Indecent Exposure Incidents

Ricky Hardeman

In the early hours of Monday, February 26, 2024, the San Marcos Police Department responded to a distress call from a restaurant located between I-35 and Highway 123. Upon arrival, officers were informed by restaurant staff that a man had entered the establishment and exposed himself.

According to staff accounts, the individual was described as a black male with dreadlocks partially covering his face. Additionally, it was reported that earlier that same evening, the same individual entered the women's restroom while a teenage female was present. However, by the time officers reached the scene, the suspect had fled.

Subsequently, officers were able to identify and make contact with a male matching the suspect’s description. The individual was later identified as 27-year-old Ricky Hardeman of San Marcos, TX.

Furthermore, on February 26, the San Marcos Police Department received another report regarding an indecent exposure incident occurring on the evening of Sunday, February 25. According to a resident, an individual matching Hardeman’s description had knocked on their neighbor's door around 10:40 p.m. and exposed himself, which was captured on video surveillance.

Upon review of the footage, authorities confirmed the suspect in the video was indeed Hardeman. Consequently, the San Marcos Police Department applied for warrants for both incidents and arrested Hardeman on Wednesday, February 28.

“Our primary goal is always to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents,” stated Sergeant Michael Casillas. “We take reports like the ones we received in these cases very seriously, and our officers are committed to thoroughly investigating each incident and presenting the strongest possible case to the Hays County District Attorney’s Office.”

Hardeman has been booked into the Hays County Jail and is facing two charges of Indecent Exposure, with his bond set at $10,000. The San Marcos Police Department continues to investigate the incidents, leaving room for the possibility of additional charges being filed.

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