Man held for exposing himself

Umar Khan was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure after police found him driving around naked from the waist down. (Photo courtesy of the Glendale Police Department)

Police arrested a 34-year-old man Thursday after they say he was driving around naked from the waist down because it gave him a sense of “freedom.”

During the ensuing investigation, police say they learned that the man, Umar Khan of Glendale, often drives around the city at night or early morning hours naked from the waist down and looks for a cul-de-sac or home driveway to masturbate in, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Khan was convicted of indecent exposure in 1998, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.

Glendale officers arrested him about 2:23 a.m. Thursday on the 1300 block of Doverwood Drive, after patrolling officers noticed he failed to yield at a stop sign on Royal Boulevard, according to police reports.

Officers allegedly tried to stop Khan, but he fled. Moments later, they spotted him and stopped him on Doverwood.

As officers approached Khan’s blue, four-door 2004 Honda Accord, they noticed he wasn’t wearing pants or underwear, according to their report.

When asked why he wasn’t wearing pants, Khan allegedly told police: “My thing is the freedom.”

Police say he then quickly delved into his personal life, admitting that he was “sexually frustrated” because he hadn’t had sex in a month.

Officers found Khan’s pants on the car floorboard and his underwear on the passenger seat, Lorenz said.

Police immediately arrested Khan on suspicion of indecent exposure, possessing methamphetamine and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Officers also reported finding a glass pipe.

Anyone who may have seen Khan — he typically wears glasses — in their neighborhood was encouraged to call Glendale police Det. Aaron Zeigler at (818) 548-3106.