License plate number leads Sioux Falls police to indecent exposure suspect

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — Police are crediting victims for providing them the license plate that led to the arrest of a Sioux Falls man for indecent exposure.  Police say 22-year-old Carl Ryckman drove up to three women this week, asked for directions and then masturbated in front of them before driving off.

Ryckman is facing three counts of indecent exposure, all misdemeanors, for driving up to the three women who were out walking this past Sunday and Monday.  All three women were able to provide police with descriptions of the suspect and the red Jeep he was driving.  Two of them also gave investigators a license late number, which police say was the key in solving this string of crimes.

We found the red Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo parked at Carl Ryckman’s Sioux Falls apartment where police arrested him on Wednesday.  Police say Ryckman drove up in this vehicle and asked three different women how to get to Walmart.  Police say Ryckman was masturbating as the victims gave him directions.

“Once he got that response and I don’t know if that’s what he was looking for, but once he got that response, he just drove away,”  Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Dept, said.

Police say it’s rare for a suspect like Ryckman to expose himself to multiple victims.

“To have three of them, especially two of them in one day, but three of them in that short period of time, it’s very unusual,” Clemens said.

Court papers say the Jeep Ryckman was driving is registered to his step-mother.  Police say the license plate number provided by the victims was key in solving the case.

“It’s a matter of just tracking people down and talking to them, trying to find out where that vehicle is and then who was driving it at the time,”  Clemens said.

Police say they don’t know if Ryckman intended to target more victims.  But his arrest means women can breath easier the next time they go for a walk. 

The judge set Ryckman’s bond at $5,000 cash surety.

Police say they do see cases of indecent exposure when the weather warms up, but add that this is a crime that occurs year-round.

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