Posted at: 09/26/2013 12:00 AM
By: Jessica Layton
ALBANY - Delaware and Morton avenues in Albany are always pretty busy, with traffic at all four points of the intersection. At 7:30 a.m. on a school day it's even busier. The sidewalks are packed with kids on their way to school, walking and riding their bikes, often without their parents.
Albany police say that's the time when 24-year-old Jayshawn Owens decided to expose himself to two middle school-aged girls who were on their way to school.
Police say Owens followed the girls for about a block, trying to talk to them the whole time. Then the girls got away and did exactly what they should.
"They ran from a stranger and notified a school official and because of that and because of the swift action of the school district in notifying police, we were able to place Jayshawn Owens in custody today," said Albany police spokesman Steve Smith.
This is Owens' 10th arrest in two years. At 24 years old, he's got a long rap sheet. In addition to this latest arrest for public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child, he was charged with criminal trespass earlier this month. He was also charged with trespass for three incidents over the summer on June 25, a week later on July 2 and a week after that on July 9. That's all on top of five arrests for stalking, public lewdness and criminal trespass in 2012.
NewsChannel 13 reached out to the District Attorney's Office to ask why Owens keeps getting out of jail. The district attorney's spokeswoman said, "This defendant consistently posts bail or is let out by the judges in Albany City Court. What's worse is that there is no felony charge for public lewdness in New York. Only misdemeanors that offer limited penalties."
The District Attorney's Office is taking steps to try to get Owens' case moved to a higher Albany County Court.
District Attorney David Soares says Owens is due back in court Friday morning. NewsChannel 13 will be keeping tabs on whether he makes $20,000 bail this time around.