Salem auto mechanic charged with exposing himself in customer's car
Rice has been arrested twice before on similar charges -- in Billerica, Mass. in 1996, and by Boston police in 1998 for open and gross lewdness, police said. <br /><br />An anonymous female caller tipped off police, saying she spotted Rice sitting in the car around 12:06 p.m.<br /><br />Police were told that the vehicle was parked about six cars away from the front entrance of the Marshal’s store.<br /><br />The store is located at 265 South Broadway about a mile from where Rice worked at Salem Ford, according to police.<br /><br />Salem police Officer Robert Holland, who responded to the call, went looking for a black Hyundai Sonata with a Massachusetts registration that was described by the caller.<br /><br />When Holland entered the parking lot, he was about four spaces behind where Rice was parked, according to police.<br /><br />Holland stepped out of his cruiser, walked to a spot where he could see the suspect in the driver’s seat.<br /><br />Rice was looking down at his lap at the time, police said. <br /><br />Holland approached the driver’s side window where he could see that Rice had his fly down and was touching his genitals, police said.<br /><br />Holland knocked on the window. Rice looked up at the officer and quickly fixed his pants and zipped them up, police said. <br /><br />Holland then asked Rice to step out of the vehicle, police said. <br /><br />Rice was taken into custody without incident.
During the investigation, Holland learned that Rice was employed by Salem Ford as a technician and on break in a customer’s car at the time of his arrest. <br /><br />Rice was released on $500 cash bail. He will be arraigned at 10th Circuit Court in Salem on Aug. 5.
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