Sex offender arrested in Escondido

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7:43 p.m.

ESCONDIDO — A 51-year-old registered sex offender who is in the country illegally was arrested Wednesday in Escondido on suspicion of indecent exposure at a department store in San Marcos earlier this year, the Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

Javier Esteban Guadarrama is suspected of masturbating near female customers at the store on Jan. 30. He fled after a brief struggle with a loss prevention officer at the store who recognized him from two previous incidents.

DNA left at the scene along with store surveillance video helped to identify Guadarrama, investigators said. He was found to be a sex registrant who had been previously deported and was booked into the Vista jail, where an immigration hold was placed on him. ... escondido/