ALERT: Man exposes himself to sunbathers at Tempe apartmentsPosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police are looking for a man who has been exposing himself to sunbathers at several Tempe apartment complexes.
Tempe police have identified seven public sexual indecency/indecent exposure incidents in the past six weeks.
Police are worried since the guy’s not just flashing anymore and also concerned as the incidents appear to be increasing in frequency and aggression.
The victims have been females in their late teens or early 20s who were sunbathing at their apartment complex pools in the late morning or early afternoon.
According to Tempe police Sgt. Steve Carbajal, the suspect approaches the victim, often calling out to capture her attention, exposes himself and masturbates before fleeing on foot.
Carbajal said the suspect's behavior escalated to sexual abuse on Wednesday afternoon when he removed a female's swimsuit top and grabbed her breasts before fleeing.
The suspect in at least four of the incidents fits that same physical description.
The suspect is described as a white male with a medium build, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with brown hair. He was clean shaven and possibly had dark-colored chest hair. He wore sunglasses and sometimes covered his face with an item of clothing.
The targeted apartment complexes include: The Quadrangles at 1225 E. University Drive; Allegre Community Townhouse/Condos at 1886 E. Don Carlos Drive; Hayden Square at 154 W. Fifth St.; University Towers at 525 S. Forest Ave.; Cameron Creek Apartments at 1975 E. University Drive; Sonoran Ridge Apartments at 1205 E. Apache Blvd.; and 330 S. Farmer Ave.
Nick Bell, an ASU student, decided to take advantage of the warm weather and spend his day poolside at Hayden Square aware that a friend of his was a victim just a few weeks ago when a strange man in a mask ran up to the fence and began to touch himself.
"There was a bunch of other people out here partying," he described that incident. "They left and she was alone. That's when this guy did it and left. She called the cops right after, but they didn’t catch him."
Bell said ASU students are on edge.
“You just have to be careful," he said. "It’s creepy that some dude is risking the safety of girls just trying to hang out at the pool or whatever. It’s just kind of creepy.”
Police recommend women go to the pool only groups and take extra precautions until the suspect is caught.
"We want females to be leery of anybody trying to get your attention that you don’t know," Carbajal said. "You need to get out of that situation, because if it is the same individual, it is escalating into physical contact which is very concerning to us."
Tempe and Arizona State University police have been working together to locate and apprehend the suspect.
Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to call 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.