From staff reports
Beaufort Police officers arrested 39-year-old Anthony Dayon Best on Thursday, Jan. 13, and charged him with Indecent Exposure.
Best, a registered sex offender with previous convictions for assault with the Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st degree and Burglary 2nd degree, is accused of two different incidents in the Beaufort Walmart on Jan. 12 and 13.
Around 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, inside the Beaufort Walmart, two teen girls reported to a Walmart employee that, while they were in the toy section of the store, a black male exposed himself to them. The employee notified the Beaufort Police Department of the incident, but the suspect left the store prior to officers’ arrival. Officers collected surveillance footage of the incident.
The next day, Jan. 13, once again at around 6:30 p.m., an employee of the Beaufort Walmart called police to report that a man exposed himself to her and began to masturbate while in the toy section of the store.
Officers arrived and located the suspect, identified as Best, and arrested him. A store employee recognized Best as being the same suspect from the incident involving the teen victims the previous day.
Best, who was on bond for two 2019 charges of Arson 3rd degree, was charged with Indecent Exposure and transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center without incident.
The investigation into these cases is ongoing, and anyone with relevant information is asked to call Msgt. Charles Raley at 843-322-7914, or the Anonymous Tip Line at 843-322-7938.