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Public’s Help Leads To Sex Offender Arrest
Timothy Lyman was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and attempted kidnapping in connection with a May 21 incident. Oakdale Police Department Photo

Public responses to a request for assistance in identifying a man that exposed himself and yelled to a woman to get in a vehicle last week has resulted in the arrest of Timothy Lyman, a registered sex offender out of Empire.

At around 9 a.m. on May 21, a woman reported seeing a white male adult approximately 40 to 50 years of age, sitting in the driver's seat of a white SUV appearing to be exposing himself, as he was parked on North Maag Avenue, north of the area of the CVS Store. As the woman walked past the SUV, the man began to follow her and yelled to the woman to get in the vehicle. The man then stopped near her, and exited the vehicle. The man noticed the woman was taking photographs of him with her phone and got back inside of the vehicle and drove away from the area, last seen heading westbound on F Street.

Oakdale Police asked for the public’s help and released photographs of the suspect and the vehicle appearing to be a white Infiniti QX60 used during the incident. Investigators received information from several sources directing them to Timothy Lyman, 52, a sex registrant from Empire, CA. An arrest warrant was obtained for Lyman related to the incident and Lyman surrendered to police at the Oakdale Police Department on Wednesday night, May 27.

The case remains under investigation and police are still requesting the public’s assistance in determining the location of the vehicle used during the incident. The vehicle is believed to be a white Infiniti QX60.

Lyman was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center and charged with violations of Attempted Kidnapping and Indecent Exposure. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or similar incidents is encouraged to contact Detective Chelsie Stilwell of the Oakdale Police Department at (209) 847-2231.