Joseph Wilson of Pompano Beach, Florida was arrested Sunday after he was accused of performing a lewd act on himself outdoors, then calling 911 and lying to the dispatcher, news sources indicate. Wilson, 27, was booked into police custody on charges of lewd and lascivious exhibition, knowingly giving law enforcement false information, and misuse of 911. It is not yet known whether Wilson has qualified for bail. It is also unclear whether he has hired a lawyer.
At around 6:00 on Sunday evening, a man made a 911 call to report that he had been threatened with a gun. Officers arrived at the 1900 block of NE 1st Avenue in Pompano Beach and met Wilson, who reportedly walked over from behind a nearby residence. Wilson told the officers that “some guy was chasing me with a gun and he said he was going to shoot,” reports say. The officers then asked what the assailant looked like, but Wilson was reportedly unable to provide any details.
The officers, concerned that Wilson might not be telling the truth, informed Wilson that lying to law enforcement is grounds for arrest. Wilson allegedly changed his story at that point. “No, no one had a gun,” he allegedly told officers. “I thought he had a gun.” Reports say that he then explained to the officers, “I was just in this guy’s yard and he must have thought I was trespassing or something and he started to yell, so I just ran.”
Because Wilson has a prior arrest for breaking and entering, police decided to search the surrounding area for witnesses. According to reports, two witnesses said they saw a man touching himself inappropriately outside of a home. The pair said they went to confront the man, but that he ran off. Both witnesses reportedly identified Wilson as the man they had seen.
In other news, Braulio Hilario Perez of Miami, Florida was arrested recently after he was accused of shooting another man in the head during an argument, reports indicate. The victim, Jose Febles, did not survive. Perez, 48, was booked into police custody on charges of second-degree murder. He is being held without bond and it is not yet known whether he has hired legal representation.
The shooting reportedly occurred at an apartment building off the 1300 block of Euclid Avenue in Miami. Perez was at the building with Febles, who had recently been issued an eviction notice from the building. Febles wanted to collect some of his personal items from his former apartment, so when the two men reached the building, Febles asked a man if he and Perez could go into his former apartment to collect the items. The man reportedly told Perez that he was not allowed in.
Perez allegedly attacked the man, brandished a handgun, and chased him away from the scene. When he returned, Febles and Perez began to brawl over the gun, reports say. At some point, Perez freed himself from Febles and shot him once in the head.