Crime

Chehalis man accused of exposing himself at Grand Mound espresso stand

A Chehalis man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly exposed himself to a 19-year-old barista at an espresso stand in the 19000 block of Ivan Street in Grand Mound.

The barista at the Grabajava stand was able to get the license plate number of the green Subaru wagon being driven by the man who exposed himself, according to Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy James Chamberlain.

A Chehalis police officer arrested Derald Harp, 59, on suspicion of indecent exposure Saturday as he pulled into the driveway of the Chehalis address where the suspect’s vehicle was registered, Chamberlain said.

About 8 a.m. Saturday, the barista noticed that a customer in a vehicle was exposing himself to her as she reached out from the espresso stand window with a coffee drink that he had purchased, Chamberlain said. She kept her cool, handing the man back his change after he purchased the drink, because she did not want him to know she planned on getting his license number and calling the police, Chamberlain said.

The suspect then gave the barista a $5 tip, and told her, “I like your underwear,” according to the sheriff’s report. Rasine Vidmore, manager of Grabajava, said Monday that baristas do dress in “sexy” clothing on the job, but they do not work in undergarments.

The arresting Chehalis police officer found evidence connecting Harp to the indecent exposure, and the vehicle matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle, Chamberlain said.

Vidmore, the espresso stand manager, said Saturday’s incident wasn’t the first time the same man had exposed himself to a barista. She said the same man had exposed himself to her at the stand Wednesday. She said she didn’t call police after that incident because she wasn’t able to get a good description of the suspect.

She said she subsequently warned all of her employees to be on the lookout for the man.

Vidmore said the barista from Saturday’s incident is back at work.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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