TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Troy Police say they have arrested the man wanted for accosting young women while performing lewd acts on himself.
Daniel Flowers, 39, of Troy was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with an attempted abduction attempt at the Poestenkill gorge and a public lewdness incident, both in recent weeks.
Flowers was charged with public lewdness, attempted kidnapping and 1st degree assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in Troy City Court Wednesday morning.
Bail was denied due to Flowers’ two prior felony convictions. He is scheduled to be back in court Monday morning.
Police say security photos shared in the media and online were pivotal in their investigation.
On July 29, just before 4:00 a.m., police say Flowers approached a group of women as they were walking to their car near Broadway and 3rd Street in Troy. The women told police he exposed himself to them.
Four days later, a man matching the same description, which police say was Flowers, reportedly approached and exposed himself to two women at the Poestenkill Gorge. The women claim he tried to abduct one of them.
The women were able to fight off their attacker, but police say he seriously injured one of them, kicking her and breaking several bones in her hand. The injury required corrective surgery.
Troy Police say they were able to connect both incidents to one another thanks to good descriptions of the suspect and images from city cameras.
Police say the first alleged crime occurred Saturday, July 29th around 3:50 a.m. That’s closing time for many of the bars near Broadway and 3rd Street.
That’s when a group of women walking to their vehicle told police they had been approached by a man performing a lewd act on himself.
Police pulled these photos off a nearby city camera.
They believe the same man was behind an attempted abduction that occurred a few days later.
On August 2nd, two young women walking this path toward the Poestenkill Gorge say a man approached them who was also performing a lewd act on himself. The women claim the man tried to assault and abduct one of them, but police say the pair fought the man off and they were able to escape.
Based on the women’s description, police believe the same man was involved in both incidents.
“It’s very disturbing.”
This resident who lives near the entrance to the gorge didn’t want to be identified, but she did say want to express her concern.
The woman says it frightens her that this is happening in her own backyard.