Public outcry over disturbing crimes with no end in sight in Fresno's Tower District

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A public outcry is growing as a repeat offender is creating a potential health hazard in Fresno's Tower District. (KFSN)

A public outcry is growing as a repeat offender is creating a potential health hazard in Fresno's Tower District.

From across the street, a neighbor caught Christine Gray walking away from the scene of the alleged crime, a roll of paper towels in her hand. Gray is a frequent visitor all over the Tower District, but she's an uninvited guest with a bad habit.

"You know, I've seen her here between these two buildings," said Chris Mendes, a Tower District property owner. "She's been right in this area right here and she'll drop her drawers and do her duty and actually just facing the street, people walking down the sidewalk."

Residents say Gray is a mentally unbalanced woman who's left her mark in one place five times in recent months. But she's also left a paper trail across several blocks. Gary Baxter says he's caught her in the act in a narrow alley between a bar and a restaurant.

"I've cleaned it up at certain points and then I've just thrown my hands up to it and then the people at Ming's [Chinese Restaurant] have kind of taken over," he said.

Police have cited Gray for trespassing behind the restaurant and indecent exposure for the incident caught on camera. But the crimes are misdemeanors, so officers can't keep her away from the Tower -- and its lawns -- for long. The best they can do may be to direct her towards public restrooms.

"It's really hard," said Lt. Joe Gomez, the spokesman for Fresno police. "Society has changed and it's a big issue. That's the question: What do we do with homeless people now?"

Everyone who's interacted with Gray tells us she seems to have mental health issues. Until she gets treatment, neighbors believe they'll have a public health issue.

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