A man is facing two more charges after two women say he exposed himself to them Tuesday night.
Tristan Douglas Coffey, 20, of 2520 Smokey Creek Road, was charged with two counts of indecent exposure, according to court documents.
This isn’t Coffey’s first round of indecent exposure charges. In January, The News Herald reported that Coffey had been charged with indecent exposure after an official said he tried to run a woman off the road before exposing himself in Caldwell County.
Another time, the official said a victim approached a man stopped in a car on the side of the road to see if he needed help, but the man exposed himself to her when she approached him.
In February, The News Herald reported that Coffey had been charged again, this time with indecent exposure and assault with a deadly weapon.
According to a previous News Herald article, Coffey allegedly exposed himself to a woman at Sunshine Car Wash on U.S. 70 in Drexel on Jan. 10, leading to the indecent exposure charge.
The assault with a deadly weapon charge came from a separate incident, where Coffey allegedly tried to run another woman off the road, the article said.
Most recently, warrants say Coffey exposed himself to women in the Rutherford College area.
Clarissa Parker said she was working at a Rutherford College business when a man pulled up asking for directions to Ingles.
“I was pulling in some clothes racks and he pulled up in front of the store and was asking me for directions,” she said. “I tried to tell him from inside, but he kept telling me he couldn’t hear me, that his car was too loud.”
She said she took a few steps forward and saw the man exposing himself.
“I came out further onto the sidewalk and could see inside of his car,” Parker said. “He was exposed and he was touching himself.”
That wasn’t the only incident Monday night.
Another woman, who wished to remain unidentified, told The News Herald that she was walking her dogs when he approached her.
The victim said he was driving through the neighborhood and she thought she recognized him, so she waved. He drove by her, but then came through again.
“He pulled up kind of close to me and asked if I could give him directions to Ingles,” the woman said. “I started to tell him, then I turned and I could see he was undressed from the waist down and was actually masturbating.”
She said she looked at him in disbelief and walked away. He was slow to leave, and when she got behind his car, she memorized the car’s license plate.
“It’s almost like he gave me all that time to walk behind the car,” she said. “He didn’t take off right away. As I’m memorizing his license plate, then he takes off.”
The woman said the incident scared her.
“He’s so young to be doing such stupid things,” she said. “Why is somebody so young doing something like that?”
Parker was worried that things might escalate.
“When is just showing not enough?” Parker said.
Both victims want the man to get some help.
“I just wish there was some kind of help,” Parker said. “He’s clearly sick. I don’t even know if there is any kind of help, but something has to be done. He has to be stopped somehow.”
Parker said the man was driving an older model white Honda Civic.
Altogether, Coffey has eight charges pending in court, according to the North Carolina Judicial Branch website. That includes six charges of indecent exposure and two charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Coffey was served on the new charges Wednesday afternoon by Lenoir Police Department and was given a written promise to appear, according to the Burke County Clerk of Court’s office. His next court date is set for June 28.
Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.