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Spartanburg mom feels relief that suspected 'toy section' flasher arrested

Posted: Updated: April 29, 2014 10:01 PM
Anthony Austin (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Anthony Austin (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
Surveillance pictures from Walmart (Spartanburg Police 2013) Surveillance pictures from Walmart (Spartanburg Police 2013)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Greenville man is accused of exposing himself to a woman browsing in the toy section of the Dorman Center Walmart.

Police were investigating an unrelated shoplifting case at the store on July 14, 2013 when they were notified by a customer about an incident in the toy section of the store.

Timika Nutt says she was in the store to buy her young son a birthday present and noticed a man acting strangely and following her around.

"I started feeling uneasy," Nutt said. "Every time I moved to a different aisle, he was right there."

Nutt says her uneasy feelings turned to shock when she saw what the man was doing.

"I happened to look down and he had himself exposed and was playing with himself," said Nutt. "My initial reaction was to get mad and say something but then I thought he needs to be caught."

Nutt says she walked away to notify someone, but when the store manager and officers tried to find him, he was gone, police said.

Investigators were able to later identify him as Anthony Austin, 48, and arrested him Tuesday, charging him with indecent exposure.

Nutt says she feels relieved that Austin is behind bars and worries there may be more victims.

"Was he looking for young children, teenagers?" Nutt asked.

Police say they don't believe Nutt is involved in any other incidents at this time, at least not in the city of Spartanburg.

Nutt says after her experience she is warning people to never let their guard down no matter where they are.

"Always watch your surroundings, who's around you," Nutt said.

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