Police arrested a taxicab driver at Saint Louise Regional
Hospital on Wednesday after he allegedly exposed himself to a
10-year-old girl in the waiting room and masturbated in front of
her, police said.
Police arrested a taxicab driver at Saint Louise Regional Hospital on Wednesday after he allegedly exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl in the waiting room and masturbated in front of her, police said.
Juan Manuel Guzman, 58, a driver for Gilroy-based Union Cab Co., was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of indecent exposure and annoying or molesting a child, police said.
Police were dispatched to the hospital, 9400 No Name Uno, at 1:58 p.m. Wednesday, after a hospital staff member reported seeing Guzman allegedly exposing himself to the girl while the staff member was watching a security video.
Guzman drove to the hospital to pick up fare for a ride to an unknown place, but when he arrived hospital staff told him that he was no longer needed and he could leave, police said.
After using the public restroom, Guzman noticed a young girl, who turned out to be 10 years old, sitting alone in the emergency room waiting area, Sgt. Jim Gillio said. Guzman immediately began to rub his genital area over his pants, according to police.
At the time, the girl’s mother was outside of the waiting room temporarily, trying to get another child under control, Gillio said.
A hospital employee who saw Guzman sitting next to the girl told him that the child did not need a ride and that he could leave, police said.
Guzman temporarily left, but then he went back into the waiting room and sat next to the girl again, police said. Guzman then exposed his penis and began to masturbate, according to police. At one point, he told the girl to look at his crotch, but the girl did not want to look, Gillio said.
The girl got up and walked out of the room, and Guzman immediately followed her, police said.
A staff member saw the incident unfold on a security camera, and reported it to police, Gillio said. One employee was able to distract Guzman and keep him occupied until security arrived and detained him, police said.
Guzman made several incriminating statements after police arrived and began to question him, and he ultimately was arrested, police said.
Guzman only had been working for Union Cab Co. for five days, according to police. The owner did not require Guzman to go to the police department and apply for a taxi permit as is standard practice, police said.
Guzman is not a registered sex offender. However, police said it’s possible he has done something like this before.
“Maybe it’s not the first time he’s done this,” Gillio said.
If you have information regarding this or prior incidents, you can call police at 846-0350.