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Serial flasher

A man was reported to have flashed young girls at various West Seattle schools over the course of 10 days.

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SEATTLE –  Seattle police said Tuesday night they are on the lookout for suspects after two lewd incidents in West Seattle earlier in the day.

At about 2:05 p.m., officers responded to Westside School in the 7700 block of 34th Avenue SW for the first report of lewd conduct.  At about 1:15 p.m, several students were confronted by a man who pulled up in a black sedan, got out of the vehicle and exposed himself to the kids, a police statement said.  The suspect got back into the vehicle and drove off southbound on 34th Avenue SW, police said.


Westside School in West Seattle

The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s with a beard and wearing a hoodie with the hood up.  He was believed to be driving a black 4-door Saturn with silver rims and a baby seat in the back seat of the vehicle.

The head of the Westside School in West Seattle sent a note alerting parents to the incident Tuesday.

“I regret that I must write to inform our Westside Families of another incident that happened at our school today,” Westside School head Kate Mulligan wrote. “This afternoon, several Middle School girls were playing near the fence along 32nd Ave. A man drove up, stayed in his car and began to touch himself inappropriately. The girls immediately walked away from the fence, notified an adult and were not in any physical danger…

“Our primary concern is to keep your children safe at school and in the community,” she wrote. “Our playground perimeter is fenced and secure, and we have video cameras in place. Just as in the previous incident, we are cooperating fully with law enforcement and will provide as much information as possible to support them in finding this individual and preventing him from engaging in this type of activity.”

In recent months, there have been a few other incidents of an older, white man who parks near students and opens the door to either flash them or to touch himself inappropriately.

Seattle police said that at about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, three blocks south of an LDS church located in the 4000 block of 44th Avenue SW, a 13-year-old girl was walking home from school when she said she saw a man masturbating in his car and watching other children.  The suspect was described as a heavy-set white male in his 30s with glasses, wearing a blue t-shirt and driving a black 4-door sedan.  The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle.

“It is unknown at this time if these two incidents were committed by the same suspect or if today’s incidents are related to previous incidents in the area,” the Seattle Police Department said in a statement.

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Parents in SeaTac on alert for flasher

SEATAC — Parents in SeaTac can’t believe there’s been another case of a man exposing himself to children. This time, it happened in their neighborhood at McMicken Heights Elementary School.

“West Seattle seemed close, but now it’s right here a couple blocks away,” says Jon McGeary. ”It obviously makes you not comfortable.”

BU935t7CAAAlU_UAfter hearing about the latest case, McGeary made sure to pick his daughter up from school Tuesday.

“She could ride the bus, but I figure its close enough and I’m unemployed right now, so I might as well make sure she’s safe.”

The Highline School District said it was an alert mom that saw the flahser in his car Monday morning.

“Once the mom made eye contact with the individual in the car, he got in the car and sped off,” says communications director Catherine Carbone Rogers.

The principal sent a letter home with students, so parents had the description of the suspect:  a white man with gray hair around 50, driving a two-door white Toyota.

“We did have additional security and police presence yesterday and at nearby schools,” says Carbone Rogers. “We wanted to make sure we were looking out for this guy.”

It’s not clear if this suspect is the same one seen outside two West Seattle schools last week. The physical description and vehicle appear to be different. But parents in SeaTac say they’re going to keep an eye out for anyone who looks suspicious, and talk to their kids about staying safe.

“How do you teach them that not all strangers are bad, but you need to be careful?” asks Deirdre Bagocki.

“You don’t want to get too in detail,” says McGeary. “You try to explain in a way that they understand it’s bad, stay away from strangers.”

Anyone with information about the SeaTac or West Seattle cases is asked to call 9-1-1.

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Another flasher exposes himself near elementary school

SEATAC — For the fourth time in less than a month, a flasher exposed himself to young children near an elementary school in the Seattle area.

According to officials with the Highline School District, a man flashed students around 8:10 a.m. Monday at the McMicken Elementary School located near the intersection of 33rd Avenue and 168th Street in SeaTac.

schoolThe man was three blocks from the school, officials said, when a parent spotted him exposing himself. Police said the man was in his car with the doors open, facing the school. The man drove away before police could be called.

In a letter sent to McMicken families, the man was described as about 50 years old with gray hair. He was driving an older model, two-door white Toyota. The front license plate was covered with paper.

It is unknown if this is the same flasher who exposed himself last week to students playing at a West Seattle elementary school. However, the suspects were driving different cars and have different physical descriptions.

Officials encouraged McMicken families to talk to their kids about what to do if they are approached by a stranger. School was in session Tuesday with an increased security presence.

“If your child is approached by a stranger, encourage him or her to run and report the incident to an adult immediately,” officials said in the letter. “If at all possible, have your child walk to and from school with a buddy.

Anyone with information on the flasher is asked to call 911.

SEATTLE — Over the course of 10 days, young girls reported being flashed by men at schools in West Seattle. 

The first incident happened Holy Rosary School on Sept. 9 and two more incidents were reported on Sept. 18 at Holy Rosary and Westside School. The description of the man in two of the incidents were similar; in one incident the man who reportedly exposed himself was different. 

wESTWOOD sCHOOLSEATTLE — For the third time in 10 days, a man flashed young girls on a school playground in West Seattle.

“I just wish my husband and I could have seen something so we could have called the police,” neighbor Kathy Lillie said.

From the deck of her home at the corner of 34th Avenue SW and SW Holden Street, Kathy Lillie can see just about everything, but she didn’t see what happened half a block from her home Wednesday when a man exposed himself to a 7-year-old girl who was on the Westside School playground.

“He needs to be caught — it’s not right. He doesn’t need to be around. We need to get him off the streets quickly,” Lillie said.

Police said the incident happened in the middle of the day. The girl looked through the chain link fence and saw a man sitting in a car with the door open, wearing a red T-shirt and nothing else.

“It’s really scary because of all the kids that who walk up and down this street daily,” Lillie said.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s or 40s with short dark hair, a normal to slender build and a scruffy beard. He was driving what’s described as a beat-up small black car with body damage.

At about the same time Wednesday, there was a similar incident at the Holy Rosary School and on Sept. 9 there was also a report of a flasher.

In the first incident, a man in a white SUV called out to three 9-year-old girls. When they approached him, they saw that he wasn’t wearing pants. He has been described as a white man in his 20s with a heavy build.

Although the descriptions of the suspect and the car differ, police believe the same man may be responsible.

“You hope that it doesn’t happen in your neighborhood. You always hear about it, but at the same time I guess it tell us that you always have to be vigilant.  ou always have to be watching,” parent Patrick Heidal said.

wESTWOOD sCHOOLSEATTLE — For the third time in 10 days, a man has been reported as flashing young girls on the playground at a West Seattle school. Now, the Seattle police sexual assault unit is investigating and looking for a possible serial flasher.

This latest incident happened just after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Westside School located in the 7700 block of 34th Avenue SW.

A 7-year-old girl told police she was playing on the playground when she noticed a man sitting in his car with the driver’s door open. The school playground is elevated above the street and police said when the girl looked down, she saw the man was wearing a red T-shirt and nothing else.

Police said the girl continued playing with her friends and did not mention anything to the school’s staff, but when she went home she told her father about the incident. Her father contacted the school and the school then called police.

A similar incident happened at the Holy Rosary School Wednesday afternoon and the first reported flashing incident also happened there Sept. 9.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s or 40s with short, dark hair, a normal to slender build and a scruffy-looking beard. The suspect was sitting in a beat-up small black car that had body damage. Detectives believe that the same man was involved in the incidents on Wednesday, and could possibly be involved in the three reported incidents.

We’ll have a complete report tonight on Q13 Fox News at 9 and 10 p.m.


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WEST SEATTLE – It happened again. For the second time in 10 days, students at Holy Rosary School in West Seattle say a man exposed himself.

Students were on the playground for recess when a group of them noticed the man in a vehicle parked on the other side of the fence. They alerted school personnel and the police were called, but the man fled before officers arrived.

Carrie Bendzak, the mother of a student at the school, is in disbelief.

“I just think it’s gross, personally,” she said. “I know it happens. It’s been happening for ages, I’m sure. But I’ve never had a personal experience before. It hits home when it’s at your kid’s school.”

Last week, a man in a white SUV called out to some nine-year old girls. When they approached him, they saw that he wasn’t wearing any pants so they ran away.

“It’s a little disconcerting that they’re still out there, if it’s the same person,” Kimberly Yamanka, who lives nearby said. “In this neighborhood, we’re not used to that kind of thing.”

The school said a different vehicle was involved in the incident today, but it hasn’t been determined if it was a different suspect or not. The school sent an email alert to parents.

“They had notified us before school got out so I could make sure my kids got home safely,” Bendzak said. “I really appreciate that.”

She said she’s going to walk her kids to their after-school activities now. She’s also talking to them about what happened.

“I think our kids are at the age where they understand certain things. They know they shouldn’t talk to strangers, particularly those that are not clothed. It’s good, because this helps them get a little more street smart. But it also bums me out, makes me want to move to the country.”

Police are actively investigating the incidents, but said they don’t have a good description of the suspect. If you have any information that can help, you’re asked to call 911.

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Man exposes himself to 3 girls in West Seattle

WEST SEATTLE — He exposed himself to a group of girls on a school playground in West Seattle and then he disappeared.

girlsParents at West Seattle’s Holy Rosary School can’t believe it has happened so close to home.

“I’ve often wondered if this is more common because there are more predators today or if it seems more common because we’re more aware,” Holy Rosary parent Amy Thorsen said.

And parents and school administrators are even more aware here after what happened Monday.

Police say the man parked his truck, opened the driver’s side door and called out to three 9-year-old girls sitting on the edge of the playground.

“They walked over to the truck and, at some point when they got close enough, were able to see this suspect reclined in the driver’s seat with no pants on and no underwear on,” Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said.

The girls weren’t touched or hurt and ran back inside the school and the man drove away.

“You hope that it doesn’t happen in your neighborhood. You always hear about it, but at the same time I guess it tell us that you always have to be vigilant. You always have to be watching,” Holy Rosary parent Patrick Heidal said.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid to late 20s with short dark hair and a heavy build.

Tuesday afternoon, the school sent out notices to parents alerting them to the incident and reminding them to talk with their kids.

Those we talked to say school officials handled the situation perfectly and kept parents informed.

“I think our school did absolutely the right thing. They let parents know right away that this had happened.  They let us know multiple ways so parents could react appropriately and I think our administration and our leadership here did all the right things,” Holy Rosary parent Sherri Chun said.

The police Sexual Assault Unit is investigating this case.

If the description of the SUV and or the suspect sounds familiar and you can help police find this man, you’re asked to call 911.