Durham County

Durham man charged with indecent exposure for incident on American Tobacco Trail

Gaberial Dequon Harris
Gaberial Dequon Harris

Durham police have arrested a 23-year-old man they say exposed himself to a woman and three kids on the American Tobacco Trail last week.

Gaberial Dequon Harris, 23, of Durham is charged with three counts of felony indecent exposure related to the exposure to three victims under 16 years old according to police. He is also charged with one count of misdemeanor indecent exposure to the woman.

A previous police release said the suspect approached a woman and two children after 12:15 p.m. June 21 near the one-mile marker and West Enterprise Street.

The man exposed himself as she walked past him, it said.

Harris was originally arrested around noon Saturday on Cheek Road for a parole violation. He was placed in Durham County jail without bail at that time.

He was in jail at the time of another indecent exposure was reported on the ATT on Saturday.

On June 24 a woman reported that she was sitting down drinking water around 3:20 p.m. on the American Tobacco Trail near East Alton Street.

A tall, dark-skinned black male, wearing no shirt and black shorts, approached her, according to police. The man, described as having a “kind face,” had short hair and a large tattoo on his chest. The man asked the woman how she was doing and if she needed any help with the groceries she was carrying. The woman told him she didn’t need any help and the man left.

The woman said she encountered the man 20 minutes later. This time the man asked for a drink – while at the same time exposing himself. He then fled north on the trail in the direction of South Roxboro Street.

A third indecent was reported May 31.

A woman was jogging south around 11:55 a.m. between Fargo Street and South Street on the American Tobacco Trail. She was approached by a male heading north, according to police. The male exposed himself and briefly followed her. There were no injuries and no charges have been filed.

The suspect is described as a black male, 28-30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall with an average build. He had short stubble on his face and red and bloodshot eyes. He was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans. That case remains under investigation, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges

Safety tips

The Durham Police Department advises:

▪ Be aware of your surroundings

▪ Call 911 to report any suspicious activities

▪ Do not walk alone

▪ Try to remain in well-lit areas

▪ Trust your instincts

▪ Do not walk/run with earbuds or headphones

▪ Bring a cell phone