Southern Utah University police nab suspected flasher

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CEDAR CITY – Authorities arrested a Cedar City man early Tuesday morning suspected of exposing himself to several women last week.

Brian Rouse surrendered himself to Southern Utah University and Cedar City police around 6:30 a.m. after leading police on a foot pursuit that ended when officers gave him a choice to stop running or be subdued with a stun gun, university police Chief Rick Brown said. Iron County Sheriff’s deputies also assisted.

SUU Police issued a news release Friday asking the public for help in locating the suspect, who three victims reported seeing on campus and a bike trail south of Cedar City. The statement also provided a physical description of the man. Officers found Rouse hiding in one of those locations on 1150 West.

“When we found him this morning it was dark outside and he was hiding,” Brown said. “It was a little suspicious.”

While the 30-year-old was being transported and booked into jail, he allegedly threatened and assaulted several officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Cedar City Police Department and Southern Utah University, Brown said.

Officers who sustained injury during the course of the arrest are reported to be in good condition and expected to fully recover, the chief added.

Gold Cross EMTs responded to the scene and provided a medical clearance before releasing the man to authorities who then booked him into the Iron County Correctional Facility.

Rouse is facing multiple felony charges, including six counts of assault by a prisoner, four counts of terror threats and two counts of propelling a substance at a police officer (in this case, it was bodily fluids). In addition, he was arrested on several misdemeanors – resisting arrest, failure to stop at the command of an officer, resisting arrest, four counts of lewdness and two counts of criminal mischief.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming, a news release issued Tuesday evening by SUU Police Department stated.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • comments September 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    we need a photo

    • DRT September 12, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Man I hope you are talking about a mug shot! 😉

    • ladybugavenger September 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Right. Cause I was think soooo he’s not Mexican? Wait! He could be half & half

      • mesaman September 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

        Does that make a difference in your mind?

        • anchor_babe September 13, 2017 at 7:21 am

          Yes, it does make a difference! See if he WAS Mexican all the racist commenters would had ignorance running out of their mouths. But I can’t say ‘racist’ otherwise they will freak and call it stereotyping LOL! Anyway, yeah deport to Europe where all of them came from haha

        • ladybugavenger September 13, 2017 at 7:41 am

          No, not at all m&m. It doesn’t really matter to me. It’s just a piece of a puzzle and part of a statistic. All that matters is- he learns that he’s not so brave in jail. He’s actually a coward. I highly doubt he starting flashing in jail. Will he continue while he’s out on bail? Time will tell.

          I would like to believe he got a revelation and his flashing days are over and it’s time for him to grow up. Again, time will tell.

      • comments September 12, 2017 at 10:39 pm

        at this point i’m not puttin any money on it being any kind of mexican 😉

        maybe meth

  • PiousInquisitor September 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I went to highschool with Brian. I’m pretty sure he has mental issues. He always walked around with headphones on (not connected to anything), sang pop songs (Brittany Spears, insync, 98°, etc), and danced. I feel bad for him and those who his actions have affected. Hopefully he can get some help and the victims can purge whatever they saw from their minds.

  • Rob83 September 12, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Yes, yes, yes!! Police are so awesome! I’ll apologize if he is not Mexican, yeah I’ve got issues…

  • Mean Momma September 13, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Racist Rob83, he doesn’t have a very “Mexican” name. Must suck to be racist and wrong.

  • comments September 13, 2017 at 10:39 am

    had it been a “gang related shooting” up in SLC odds are 99% it was a mexican

  • Kyle L. September 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Follow this link for his picture and charges. He is about half way down.

  • ladybugavenger September 13, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    they will have to add him to the white LDS flasher list….is there a list? Oh wait! There’s no list for that, so they will have to add him to the white LDS sexual predator statistic.

  • JOSH DALTON September 14, 2017 at 8:58 am

    See told you it was NOT a Mexican! HAHAHAHA! Now the racist can remove the foot from their mouths! GO FALCONS! Only white people would think that a Mexican would want more heat. Mexicans are smarter than that. They stay off the radar! GO FALCONS!

    • comments September 14, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Right, they stay off the radar. That’s why most of the gang-related shootings in this state are mexicans, right?

      • JOSH DALTON September 16, 2017 at 10:12 am

        I question the source of your facts. Do you get any of your information from any other source than the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Tribune? Your statement does not hold any water. It also shows the level of ignorance in your moral compass to be above normal. Mexicans will cut you, not shoot you! GO FALCONS!

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