The lunch hour was pretty typical on Thursday at the Huck Finn Shopping Center, with restaurants open for business to serve both shoppers and employees of nearby retail establishments. Typical, that is, until police officers who happened to be in the vicinity saw a disconcerting site: A man, dressed in women’s clothing, walking across the parking lot in such a manner as to expose his genitalia.


The lunch hour was pretty typical on Thursday at the Huck Finn Shopping Center, with restaurants open for business to serve both shoppers and employees of nearby retail establishments. Typical, that is, until police officers who happened to be in the vicinity saw a disconcerting site: A man, dressed in women’s clothing, walking across the parking lot in such a manner as to expose his genitalia.
Witnesses stood by dumfounded in the southwest corner of the center just after noon, in an area flanked by popular Chinese and Mexican restaurants, while officers acted quickly to put the suspect in a police cruiser and out of public sight. One eye witness described the suspect who was hustled into the police car as a prostitute, dressed in fish net stockings and high heels. “Maybe in the city,” she said shaking her head. “But not here.”
The young witness, who was sipping a cold drink while watching the incident unfold from the vantage point of the mall area at the shopping center, was right about the clothing description, but apparently wrong about the suspect’s gender.
Police officers at the scene arrested a 48-year-old Hannibal man they identified at Todd L. Witman, at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Officers stated they saw the suspect walking from his vehicle in the parking lot wearing high heels and a skirt. The police report indicated the man’s skirt was “deliberately raised and tucked above his waist allowing his genitalia to be fully exposed to the public.”
A police search of the man’s red compact car led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia and a bottle containing a green leafy substance.
Witman was taken into custody and transported to the Hannibal Police Department and later transferred to the Marion County Jail Facility where he was placed on a 24-hour hold for sexual misconduct (misdemeanor), possession of a controlled substance (misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor).
“In a situation such as this I am thankful the officers were in the area and able to take swift and appropriate action,” said Chief Lyndell Davis.