On December 14, 2013 at approximately 7:00 pm an unknown male subject telephoned Tropical Tan located at 2167 Hilltop Drive and inquired about tanning hours and prices. Within minutes of the telephone call, the subject entered the business and purchased a tanning session. After several minutes the suspect called out to a female employee and asked her to come into the room.
When the employee neared the door, the subject quickly opened the door and was standing nude while touching his erect penis. The employee asked the suspect to leave and he complied without further incident. The incident was reported to the Redding Police Department the following morning.
On January 8, 2014, a Redding Police Officer determined the identity of the suspect after several other local tanning salons reported having suspicious contacts with a subject who matched the physical description of the suspect. An individual from one of the establishments obtained the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect was driving.
Officers determined the vehicle was owned by a rental agency and was rented to Michael Anthony Silva (30 years old from San Mateo). Officers showed the employee at Tropical Tan a photograph of Silva and confirmed he was the subject who exposed himself on December 14th
With the cooperation of the rental car agency, investigators arranged for Silva to return the vehicle. Investigators located Silva at a residence on Pegasus Street, in the city of Redding, and took him into custody without incident. Silva is a registered sex offender with prior arrests/convictions for indecent exposure.
As Silva entered Tropical Tan with the intent to commit a felony, he was booked at the Shasta County jail on the charges of burglary, indecent exposure, and failing to comply with sex registration requirements. Silva is being held in lieu of bail in the amount of $100,000.
This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about similar incidents is asked to call the Redding Police Department’s Investigations Division at 530 225-4214.
From Redding Police Department press release