Keep New Times Free
| Crime |

Serial Flasher/Registered Sex Offender John Szakin Busted Flashing Scottsdale Cops

Registered sex offender John Szakin's got a hobby: at least once a week for the past year, he's gone to downtown Scottsdale early in the morning with the sole purpose of flashing women as they left bars.

Early Sunday morning, about 1:30, Szakin was on the prowl near Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard when he came across two women in an area where he'd flashed people before.

The two women watched as Szakin -- who, at the time, was wearing pants and a black, unbuttoned shirt -- ducked into alleys as he appeared to be following them.

Those two women were undercover Scottsdale police officers looking for a a suspect in a series of flashings that occurred over the previous 10 months.

Moments after the undercover cops watched Szakin ducking into alleys, another undercover unit nearby saw Szakin near a car parked on Goldwater Boulevard -- sans pants.

With their suspect naked from the waist down at this point, the undercover officers watched as Szakin ran from the car, removing his shirt in the process.

Police gave chase to the now-completely naked man. Szakin resisted arrest, but was ultimately "forcibly" taken into custody, Scottsdale police say.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Turns out, aside from being linked to at least 15 flashings since September, Szakin's also a registered as a sex offender convicted of exposing himself to a minor in Scottsdale in 2008.

Once in custody, Szakin told police he drives to Scottsdale from his home in Peoria at least once a week to flash people. He admitted to several incidents and says he targeted women as they left bars early in the morning.

Scottsdale police are looking into all cases similar to flashing incidents to which Szakin's confessed.

Szakin's being held on a $50,000 bond. Appropriate charges will be submitted to the city prosecutor for all the flashing cases linked to Szakin, police say.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.