Flasher exposes self to students in N. Phoenix neighborhood

Posted: Updated:
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police and have a warning for parents -- a man is exposing himself to kids as they walk to school.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department, two girls, ages 10 and 13, were walking to school in the area of 31st Street and Marconi Avenue at about 8 a.m. Wednesday when a man in a vehicle said something to them. Not understanding him, they approached the vehicle. Thompson said that's when the man lowered his pants and exposed himself.

About 15 minutes later, the same man got out of his car and dropped his pants, flashing a teenage girl in the area of 25th Street and Greenway Parkway, a little more than a mile away.

Thompson said the suspect, who has not been identified, did not try to touch kids in either incident.

Thompson said police will be increasing patrols in the area for the time being.

Officials at Palomino Primary and Palomino Intermediate schools, where the 10- and 13-year-old were headed, are using recorded phone messages to warn parents, as well.

Parents are understandably concerned.

"He could be out there right now doing the same exact thing," said Suzanne Lamont, one of the parents who received the call from Palomino Thursday morning.

The suspect is described as a white man between 25 and 30 years old with short hair or a shaved head and a reddish-brown goatee past his chin. He was driving navy or black late-model four-door sedan, possibly a Lincoln Town Car, with large rims.

Anyone who may have information concerning the Wednesday's incidents or knows the suspect, is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602- 262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377), 1-800-343-TIPS (8477) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).