It was a routine morning drive for a woman until she saw Dea Williams. "That's a face you'll never forget, somebody who does something like that," she said.
The woman did not want to be identified but told Channel 9 she first saw Williams outside her Gastonia home 10 days ago.
"He was peeking around and didn't see me at first, but when he did see me he stepped up on the top step," she said.
She said a thin screen door separated her from the man who first asked if she knew where he could buy drugs, and then rattled off probing questions.
"He asked me was I there by myself," she said. She told him to leave but then caught a frightening glimpse.
"I turned and I noticed he was then playing with himself," she said. She slammed the door and called police.
It was just an experience, I guess, I'll never forget, but one that I could have went without having," she said.
She thought she would never see him again but then Thursday morning, she said there he was walking in the rain on Marietta Street.
She called police and they arrested him on charges of indecent exposure.
Ralph McGee lives near the woman and has seen Williams knocking on another woman's door. "That looks like him," he said.
He made Williams leave the area.
Channel 9 told him how Williams was captured. "I praise the Lord and thank God for it," he said.
According to police records, Williams has been arrested four times this year.