Fairfax, October 2: A suspected serial sex offender in Virginia was apprehended on Thursday evening after being caught on surveillance cameras lurking near a park frequented by children, leading to his dramatic arrest. Felix Antonio Mejias Vigil, aged 35 and a resident of Fairfax, was spotted on surveillance footage pacing around Franconia Park in the Groveton area, as reported by the Fairfax County Police Department.

According to multiple reports, Vigil's appearance matched the description of a serial sex offender responsible for indecent exposure incidents in the park during July and September. Franconia and Mount Vernon police swiftly responded to the alert, and upon their arrival, Vigil attempted to flee. In a shocking turn of events, he started stripping off his clothes and discarding them in the nearby woods. Law enforcement officers managed to apprehend Vigil, who was already missing the top layer of his clothing. US Ship Fire Video: Ship Engulfs in Blaze at Port Newark in New Jersey, Multiple Firefighters Missing.

Suspected Serial Sex Offender Caught

Suspect Arrested Half-Naked

Police suspect Vigil may be behind several sex offenses, including public masturbation incidents, that occurred at or near the park, which notably houses the Chessie’s Big Backyard children’s playground. The offenses spanned from a public indecency incident on Telegraph Road over the summer to alleged indecent liberties with a minor at the Virginia Hills Swim Club. Vigil now faces a slew of charges, including two counts of indecent liberties with a child under 15, four counts of actual or simulated masturbation in public, and false identification to law enforcement. US Plane Crash Caught on Camera: Banner Plane Crashes on Street in Hollywood, Pilot Killed (Watch Video).

He is currently detained at the Adult Detention Center without bail. This incident is a reminder of the importance of surveillance and prompt police response in addressing such serious offenses. It also serves as a stark contrast to a previous case in the area involving a serial sex offender, highlighting the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to keep communities safe from predators.

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