Police: Man drives half-naked in Brookline
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- A man was arrested after allegedly driving around half-naked and exposing himself.
Jonathan Allen, who has been charged with indecent exposure and lewdness, is accused of driving his Honda Civic without his pants on and touching himself inappropriately twice in the past two months.
"I was covering myself in the car as I changed my pants," said Allen.
Police say on April 28, a young girl reported seeing Allen in his car near Franklin Street. She claimed he was naked from the waist down.
Last week, officers tracked down Allen and arrested him.
Allen, 53, was spotted in two different incidents, according to authorities. Both times, he was naked from the waist down while driving his car, and police say a woman claimed she saw him masturbating in one case.
"He was not wearing pants, and he was touching himself," said Lt. Phillip Harrington of the Brookline Police Department.
A mother and child were witnesses, and then in another case, a child also saw the allegedly naked man, according to police.
"It's disturbing, obviously. Nobody wants to experience an individual such as that," said Rochelle Butler, a Brookline resident.
Allen claimed he did not have pants on because it was hot in the car.
“It’s very cold at work when you get into a baking hot car after being in a refrigerator that I was working against and that’s all I have to say,” he said.
Upon searching his car, authorities say they found pictures of naked women, binoculars, women’s pantyhose with a hole cut in the crotch, a woman’s skirt and a towel.
Allen claims he was wearing the skirt while driving home from work. His wife, Melanie Quigley, is coming to his defense.
“He put on a skirt he had in the car... I’m a woman, and I know a skirt is a heck of a lot cooler than a tight pair of jeans on a hot day,” Quigley said.
Allen has appeared before a judge in the past and has already been charged in two cases.
Brookline police are trying to figure out if Allen is connected to other similar incidents in the last six months.
“During the past year, we’ve had several other instances, similar types of descriptions, and we’re taking the information we have here, and we’re conducting follow-up investigations with those and trying to see if this in fact… the same suspect,” said Lt. Harrington.
Residents, like Robert Bowman, hope this is something they no longer have to worry about.
"I've always thought of it as a nice, safe area, but things happen. Hopefully, they found the right person," said Bowman.
Brookline police are trying to figure out if Allen is connected to similar incidents dating back to January, in which a man without pants was found near several local schools. Allen claims he and his wife said they were out of town during the majority of those incidents.
The investigation is ongoing.
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