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APPD: Man accused of exposing himself to a minor arrested within 24 hours

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Posted at 12:10 PM, Dec 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-15 10:59:21-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A man who is accused of performing lewd sex acts at a Walmart has been arrested.

According to a comment from the Aransas Pass Police Department, Gavin Lovett, 23, was arrested within 24 hours of his crime being reported.

"We want to say thank you," said the comment. "But a bigger thank you goes out to everyone in the community who came together, submitted tips, phone calls, and messages to get this person identified."

At 3:32 p.m. on Tuesday, Aransas Pass police announced the suspect who exposed his genitals and committed a deviant sex act in front of the girl between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday at the Aransas Pass Walmart was identified and police were "working on bringing the suspect to justice."

A few hours later, police confirmed the suspect to be 23-year-old Gavin Lovett from Rockport.

"Since sharing this case, we’ve learned of additional incidents (2) involving Lovett and in at least one other south Texas Walmart. One of the additional events was not reported until our original release went public," Aransas Pass PD said on their Facebook page.

Police urge any other victims to call Sgt Frank Kent with APPD at 758-5224 to file a report.

The suspect was described by police as a heavyset young white male who could possible be Hispanic, police say. He was wearing a facemask for much of his time in the store, but his face can be seen when exiting the store.

The suspect was said to be wearing a white hoodie sweatshirt and black athletic shorts and drove off from the store in a four-door Dodge Ram pickup truck.