On January 12, 2017 at approximately 1:28pm, Rehoboth Police received an E-911 call from a 31 year old female Town resident. The party stated that she was walking west on Pond St, preparing to go for a run when a vehicle approached her from behind and pulled along the side of her very slowly. As she looked into the vehicle she observed the lone male operator masturbating and smiling at her. At this time the victim stated she screamed, and the vehicle began backing up, turned around and left the area very fast eventually travelling east on Winthrop St. The victim described the vehicle as a newer model black BMW sedan with no registration plates. She also described the operator as a heavy set Hispanic looking male wearing a ski hat.
Within minutes of the call, Detective James Casey who was returning to the Station from Taunton District Court, observed a vehicle which matched the above description travelling east on Winthrop St. Detective Casey turned around and caught up to the vehicle as it turned into the Mannheim Auction House driveway. Detective Casey then stopped the vehicle without incident.
After a brief roadside investigation, the operator of the suspect vehicle was arrested. The suspect was then transported to the Police Station where he was processed, bail was set at $2,040.00 cash bail. The suspect was transported to the Bristol County House of Corrections in New Bedford. The suspect, 41 year old Joao Claudio Silva-Galdino of New Milford Connecticut will be arraigned in Taunton District Court on Friday January 13, 2017 on Rehoboth Police charges of Open and Gross Lewdness, Lewd Wanton and Lascivious Conduct, and Disorderly. The incident is currently under Investigation by the Rehoboth Police Department. The Rehoboth Police Department were assisted by the Dighton and Taunton Police Departments.