Photo via UCI Campus PD
This photo, taken by a female student, apparently led to a suspect’s arrest. Photo via UC Irvine PD

The case of the UC Irvine nighttime flasher may be solved because of a victim’s quick-thinking photography.

Police arrested a 24-year-old man who allegedly broke through a locked door of an apartment on the UC Irvine campus and exposed himself to a female student resident.

Ryan Chong of Costa Mesa, who is not a student on the campus, was arrested by UC Irvine police about 2 p.m. Friday on suspicion of burglary and indecent exposure, according to Cathy Lawhon, UCI’s senior director of media relations & publications.

“The arrest was made without incident in Irvine, and it came after members of the community responded to a press report released by UCIPD Thursday that included a photo of the suspect that the victim managed to take during the intrusion on Wednesday,” Lawhon said.

Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, a female student told campus police that a man had broken through a locked screen door of her apartment, UCI officials reported.

The student heard the intruder in the living room, and then moments later he exposed himself to her in the campus apartment’s bedroom, officials said. The student chased the suspect out of the apartment, but not before getting a photo.

Chong is not a student at the university, Lawhon said.

–City News Service

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