CORAL SPRINGS, FL – On Tuesday, a registered sex offender allegedly exposed himself at a bank in Coral Springs and then did it again while throwing objects at cars on University Drive, a police report said.
A short time later, police arrested Julio Almodovarnazario after he was found on the grass along University Drive in Parkland just north of Sawgrass Expressway, the report said.
He was charged with failing to report as a sex predator. He has been held at Broward County Jail since then on a $5,000 bond.
Almodovarnazario, 56, is homeless and was released from Miami-Dade County Jail on June 16 registered as “transient,” the report said.
A lot has been said in recent weeks from Coral Springs officials about looking at new law enforcement approaches in helping people who are homeless, struggling with drug abuse, or suffering from other mental health problems.
Many public conversations -- including those during this week’s Mayor’s Town Hall and City Commission meetings -- focused on whether police need more resources to assist people who go through cycles of getting arrested and bouncing in and out of jail in part because of their mental health conditions.
Those discussions are preliminary and were spurred by the national debate about policing following the killing of George Floyd and other Black men and women.
It’s not clear from the police report if Almodovarnazario suffers from mental health problems or if police had any other alternatives but to arrest him.
According to the police report, officers were called out after Almodovarnazario exposed himself at Regents Bank at 2425 N. University Drive. Officers found him in a storage closet of a nearby business, Mainland China Bistro at 2445 N. University Drive, and released him.
About 25 minutes later, officers responded to a call that Almodovarnazario was pulling down his pants and throwing objects at cars on University Drive in Parkland.
After investigating, police found out that a day earlier, he tore down promotional signs and threatened a manager with a stick at Wendy’s restaurant at 1475 University Drive. He was barred from the restaurant.
Almodovarnazario has an extensive criminal history, including a convicted for a sex offense against a child under age 12.
In the report, police said he “represents a danger to the community.”
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