Man arrested for masturbating in Cranston parking lot

By News Staff

Reporting by Samantha Fenlon

sfenlon@abc6.com

A Coventry carpenter is under arrest after police found him masturbating in his van, parked in a CVS parking lot in Cranston.

Police say 54-year-old Robert Zammarelli was doing the act in the back seat of his van, which was visibly moving as people walked past it.

When police approached they found Zammarelli with his private parts exposed, wearing a one-piece nylon leotard. 4.8 grams of crack cocaine, several tools, and women’s underwear.

In the police report, the responding officer says the amount of underwear is suspicious since it is apparent that the suspect is ‘a carpenter by trade and likely had access to customer’s houses.’

Zammarelli’s license to work as a contractor in Rhode Island expired several years ago, according to police.

A woman who didn’t want to be identified says she contacted police after seeing Zammarelli in his van near her home on Smith Street several times over the past month. On Tuesday she says her boyfriend approached the man.

"I guess he left his doors unlocked and he opened it and there he was doing whatever he was doing. His business, dirty business,” said the woman. “My boyfriend said ‘what are you doing here?’ he said ‘I’m watching the neighborhood."

After that confrontation Zammarelli didn’t go far. The CVS where he was found by police is less than a mile away.

Zammarelli was arraigned Wednesday morning. He is facing several charges including disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

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