PORTLAND, Ore. – A Northeast Portland neighborhood is on edge as serial flasher struck again.
Police believe the man who exposed himself Tuesday afternoon in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood is the same man who is responsible for at least five other flashing incidents over the past month. Now, police are asking homeowners for help to track him down.
Police said they responded to the area of Northeast 45th Ave and Stanton St. around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday after the man exposed himself to a 9-year-old boy outside of a home in the 2800 block of Northeast 45th Avenue.
The boy told police that the man dropped his pants in front of him. Then the man ran away. He was last seen running eastbound on Stanton St.
Police describe the man as a white male in his 20s to 40s, 5-foot-9, with a chubby build, and dark hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and turquoise blue boxer shorts.
Don Schelb, who has a 13-year-old daughter, lives down the street from where the incident happened. He said he’s concerned, “That he goes beyond just flashing. What if he, I mean flashing's bad enough. But if he was to try to grab somebody and take them off somewhere."
Police are concerned about that too. They believe his behavior fits the same description as the man in at least five other cases.
Early Monday morning, officers responded to Northeast Alameda Street and Alameda Terrace on a report of a flasher running around not wearing any pants. Police said he was wearing a white T-shirt, white socks, white shoes, and was also holding cloth or other material, possibly his boxer shorts, over his mouth. The man may have been driving a gray to gold to brown larger American sedan.
Police believe the same man exposed himself to two female joggers on Jan. 28, 2014 at 6:40 a.m. at Northeast 29th Ave. and Stanton St.
Prior to that, police believe the same man flashed children 10 to 12 years old as he stood in the street, or on the sidewalk, in three separate instances earlier in January. Those incidents occurred at Northeast 36th Ave. and Klickitat St., 37th Ave and Failing St., and 70th Ave. and Mason St.
Police ask anyone who lives near where any of the incidents happen, who might also have home surveillance cameras, to check the video for images of the suspect or his vehicle.
A Portland Public Schools spokeswoman tells KATU News principals at Beaumont Elementary and Grant High School have sent home letters to parents warning them about the flasher.
Police want anyone who sees the man to immediately call 911. They say anyone with any non-emergency information about any of the incidents should call 503-823-3333.