Detectives have identified the man who was chased off by a gun-wielding woman after he allegedly exposed his genitals to her and her 6-year-old son last week, Longview police said Friday.
Michael Lee Williams, 31, of Vancouver is accused of sitting down and performing a sex act on himself in front of a Longview woman and her son at Lake Sacajawea on the evening of Nov. 14.
The 35-year-old woman later told The Daily News she pulled a Ruger .380 handgun from her pocket and told Williams, “I’m going to blow your brains out.”
“Oh, [expletive]!” said Williams, before he stood up and ran away, according to the woman.
The incident drew national attention, appearing on the websites of the Washington Post, Drudge Report and NBC News, among others. The article was read more than 100,000 times on The Daily News website only hours after it was posted, becoming the paper’s most-viewed story of the year.
The Daily News is not identifying the gun-toting mother because she is the victim of a sex crime.
The woman said in a phone interview Friday afternoon that she picked Williams out of a photo lineup last week.
“I’m glad he’s off the streets. I’m glad he’s in jail,” she said.
Still, she said she wished Williams, who is being held on two counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure related to last week’s incidents, was facing more serious charges.
“It was in front of my child, and he was pretty aggressive with his actions,” she said. “It wasn’t just indecent exposure. He was masturbating in front of me.”
Police said Williams also exposed himself to a woman in the parking lot of WinCo Foods in Longview about six hours after the Lake Sacajawea incident, at around 2:09 a.m. Thursday.
At least one additional witness has identified Williams as the man exposing himself to women last week, police said.
Kalama police arrested him Tuesday on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, Longview police said in a statement released Friday.
Investigators said they spoke with Williams in the jail shortly after his arrest. Williams admitted to exposing himself to the women and explained that he was high on meth at the time, police said.
Williams is being held in lieu of $5,250 bail. His bond was revoked for a separate indecent exposure charge stemming from a July 4 incident at Gerhart Gardens Park.
Additional details about that incident were unavailable Friday.