On appeal pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 7A-30(2) from a divided panel of the Court of Appeals, 127 N.C. App. 286, 488 S.E.2d 614 (1997), reversing a judgment entered by Helms, J., on 20 December 1995, in Superior Court, Mecklenburg County. Heard in the Supreme Court on 10 February 1998. The evidence at trial tended to show that at about 7:30 a.m. on 26 July 1995, Barbara Glover was walking up the steps of her condominium in Charlotte. She rounded a turn on the stairs and looked up to see defendant Mark Edward Fly, a twenty-eight-year-old male, ""mooning"" her. He was bent over at the waist, with his short pants pulled down to his ankles. He wore no other clothing, except a baseball cap, which was backwards on his head. He was otherwise naked from his head to his feet. Ms. Glover saw what she described as defendant's ""fanny"" or ""his buttocks, the crack of his buttocks."" When she yelled at defendant, he pulled his pants up and ran. Ms. Glover ran after defendant to get a description of his getaway vehicle -- a bicycle, which she testified was ""a real funky neon kind of color."" The next morning, she saw him outside on the bicycle looking up at her condominium. She called the police, who later detained defendant for identification by Ms. Glover. After she identified him, he was arrested by the police, without a warrant, for indecent exposure, in violation of N.C.G.S. § 14-190.9. A magistrate's order was issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 15A-511, finding probable cause to detain defendant without a warrant for his arrest on a charge of indecent exposure. Defendant was found guilty of that charge by the District Court, Mecklenburg County, and was sentenced to sixty days' imprisonment. He appealed to the Superior Court.