A West Plains man issued a summons last week on charges of first-degree sexual misconduct, second or subsequent offense, has been arrested on Greene County charges related to a similar incident that allegedly happened in March at a Walmart in Springfield.
Dylon Keith Hollowell, 22, Worcester Street, was arrested at 10:56 a.m. Wednesday at his home on charges of second-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sexual misconduct and is held on $5,000 bail. Both charges are misdemeanors.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. David Kenyon of the Springfield Police Department, on March 25 Hollowell allegedly approached a woman who was shopping and looking at items on a shelf, and when she looked towards him saw that he had exposed himself through his blue jeans zipper.
She reported he didn’t say anything to her and as she yelled and stood up he ran down the aisle, purposefully brushing her buttock, before returning a moment later, still exposed, and telling her, “I don’t want any problems.”
The woman then told him to get away and he ran before the alleged victim could find a Walmart employee to report the incident.
The victim said she and the employee walked the store looking for Hollowell and he ran out, got into a vehicle and fled the scene. Surveillance footage of the parking lot showed Hollowell getting into a white late-model sedan.
He was reportedly identified after a West Plains woman who allegedly was the victim of a similar incident in West Plains saw a report on the Springfield news and informed West Plains Police Detective Joe Neuschwander she heard from a friend that Hollowell had been in Springfield with his girlfriend that day.
The incident in West Plains reportedly happened at Rue 21 three days after the incident in Springfield, a store clerk stating Hollowell had exposed himself to her after following her through the store.
Vehicle records showed Hollowell’s girlfriend was the registered owner of a car matching the description of the vehicle Hollowell fled in.
After Hollowell was arrested May 4 on the West Plains charges, he reportedly told Neuschwander he had been in Springfield that day, in his girlfriend’s vehicle, and eventually admitted he was at the Walmart, allegedly telling Neuschwander he had just been released from drug rehab in Arkansas and he may have been under the influence of hallucinogens during the times he was accused of exposing himself.
Hollowell then gave conflicting accounts of the incident in Springfield, Neuschwander said, first denying the woman could have seen him exposed, then stating he wasn’t sure whether she saw him expose himself.
The latest incident in West Plains happened on Feb. 25 at the West Plains Public Library when Hollowell reportedly followed a woman around the library, then exposed himself to her after she had turned away from him for a moment.
Hollowell is set for a bench trial on May 24 related to the incident at Rue 21. He is scheduled for a court appearance on April 8 regarding the charges related to the incident at the library.
In October 2017, Hollowell pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual misconduct and paid a $100 fine, according to court records.
In that incident, a clerk at Murphy’s Oil, also in Southern Hills Shopping Center, reported Hollowell approached the counter, asked her about some cigars, and unzipped his pants to expose himself while her back was turned to look for the item he asked about.