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Police: Woman exposed herself to kids while man recorded it

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From page A2 | July 11, 2013 | 13 Comments

Wenyi Xu, 30, of Folsom. Courtesy photo

Typically, reports of indecent exposure in Davis share a similar set of circumstances: a male suspect, acting alone, targeting teenage or adult women.

But Davis police say an out-of-town pair blew that stereotype out of the water Wednesday morning when a woman exposed herself to a pair of young children while a male acquaintance captured the alleged act on camera.

Wenyi Xu, 30, of Folsom; and 61-year-old Nicholas Bowen of Grizzly Flats, a small town in El Dorado County; were taken into custody shortly after the 9:25 a.m. incident on the north end of Community Park, near the Davis Art Center parking lot, Lt. Tom Waltz said.

Both suspects are state workers, police said Thursday — Bowen is the branch chief of the California Department of Public Health’s health information and strategic planning division, while Xu is a researcher for the same agency, Assistant Police Chief Darren Pytel said.

A person working in the park called police to report that a woman had just flashed two children riding past her on their bicycles while a man either photographed or took video, apparently with a cell phone, according to Waltz.

Wearing a jacket, “she would take whatever overclothes she had off and completely expose herself,” Waltz said. One of the youths reportedly fell off his bicycle during the incident, but did not appear to be injured. Both children rode away before they could be questioned by police.

Officers who responded to the scene detained and arrested Xu and Bowen as they walked northbound away from the park, near Alvarado Avenue, Waltz said. Both were lodged at the Yolo County Jail on indecent exposure, annoying a child, committing lewd acts in public and conspiracy.

Both remained in custody as of Wednesday night, with Xu’s bail set at $20,000 and Bowen’s at $30,000, a jail spokeswoman said. They are scheduled to be arraigned in Yolo Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, Davis police are investigating whether others may have encountered the pair, either locally or near their hometowns in Sacramento and El Dorado counties. Anyone with information is asked to call the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400.

Detectives also are asking the two children allegedly targeted by the pair on Wednesday morning to come forward to provide a statement, Waltz said. While the youth who fell is believed to have been a boy, the gender of the other child was unknown.

Although Davis is no stranger to indecent-exposure reports, police say this one ranks among the most unusual.

“Indecent exposure is a pretty common call for service, but it’s pretty rare when you have two individuals working in concert,” Waltz said. “What makes it even more disturbing is their target audience — juveniles.”

— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

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  • RamonJuly 11, 2013 - 12:19 am

    Ha ha, He's the Branch Chief for my office in Sacramento. State of California, Department of Health Care Services.

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  • Monique Cardinet-DossaJuly 11, 2013 - 6:05 pm

    Ha..ha..ha...not anymore!!

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  • stevie price jrJuly 11, 2013 - 8:43 am

    HOW COME THEY HAD TO DO THOSE DUMB THINGS IN DAVIS AND NOT AT THERE OWN PLACES WHERE THEY COME FROM RAMON AND CODY K I DONT THINK ITS FUNNY

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  • RaulJuly 11, 2013 - 9:52 am

    "Cops say duo arrested for indecent exposure in Davis both work for the state Dept. of Public Health - he a branch chief, she a researcher." What the heck?!

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  • BarbaraJuly 11, 2013 - 11:13 am

    This is just plain sick. We don't need this in our town or any other.

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  • Rich RifkinJuly 11, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    If I had to guess, this sounds to me like this pair was making a "reality" pornographic movie for sale. Mr. Bowen probably was paying Ms. Xu to perform. And then he would sell the "movie" to some porno distributor. I highly doubt that she was doing this for her own "jollies," like males who expose their junk apparently get.

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  • Noreen MazelisJuly 11, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Ah, yet another sterling example of our tax dollars at work.

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  • stevie price jrJuly 11, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    ya it seems that people from out of Davis they think by comeing to our town they can do gross horrible things and get away with it like robbing and other things

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  • CeciliaJuly 11, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    I am very happy to hear that the police responded quickly and were able to arrest the alleged perpetrators. I hope the children told an adult who can help them report it to authorities. Kudos to the adult who saw it and reported it. We don't want this in our community!

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  • CarlosJuly 12, 2013 - 9:04 am

    Up until July 31, 2012, I had the unpleasure to work directly under Nicholas Bowen. He was probably the most incompetent, verbally abusive manager I had in my 30 year career with the state. I did bring these issues up to my superiors, who because of their workload or disinterest in the matter, failed to do anything about it. Needless to say, Mr. Bowen was the main reason that I decided to retire one year earlier than I had planned. Also, because of this man, the California Department of Public Health has last two other good Section Chiefs to other programs or departments. Sad, sad,sad!!!

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  • Ms. SacramentoJuly 13, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    Well, if convicted he just love everything, job, retirement, etc. It appears they may be more of this in his 30+ year history in another state. If you believe in it, karma is slowing moving, but still a byotch.

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  • Ms. SacramentoJuly 13, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    oops..*lost* everything.

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  • Teddy GrijalvaMarch 25, 2014 - 10:59 am

    hmmm...after seing her picture I have to agree with the Police...there's NOTHING decent about her exposure!

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