Police: Man exposed self to women in South Philadelphia

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA - August 14, 2012

The first incident happened at 8:55 a.m. in the 1100 block of South 2nd Street in South Philadelphia. Police say a 22-year-old woman was walking when a man approached and indecently assaulted her from behind. As she turned around, the man got into a small black vehicle and drove off.

Police say a similar incident occurred at 9:10 a.m. In that case, police say a 27-year-old woman was walking in the 100 block of Ellsworth Street when she was also indecently assaulted by an unknown man. As she turned around, she told police she saw the man with his pants unzipped and his genitals exposed.

The woman told Action News the man groped her again. She says he then ran around the corner and exposed himself to a woman with a baby.

A co-worker of that victim, Stacy Barber, said the assault has left them badly shaken.

"We're out here by ourselves, you go out as a single person, you walk around, you do the home visits and you've got to keep yourself on guard all the time. It's scary," Barber said.

At 9:20 a.m., a 67-year-old woman told police she was walking in the 1800 block of 10th Street when a man tried to talk to her. As he was talking, the woman said the man's genitals were exposed and he was touching himself. She immediately called police.

Finally, at 9:25 a.m., police say a 65-year-old woman was sitting in front of her home in the 1800 block of South 9th Street, working on a crossword puzzle, when a man approached her. She told police the man started talking to her. She said his genitals were exposed and he was touching himself. She went inside and called police.

"He made a grunt, a noise, to get my attention because I was so engrossed in a crossword and when I started to look up, there it was," she said.

The victim said she was shocked, more than anything, and now lives in fear.

"Now every time someone knocks on the door and it's a strange person you're jumping like 'Is that the guy?' Is there going to be someone there doing something, going to push you in?" she said.

Police say, in all of the incidents, the suspect is described as a Latino male standing 5'5" to 5'9" tall in his mid-to-late 20s. He had dark colored hair and wore dark clothing.

His car was described as a small, dark-colored vehicle with faded paint and a dent on the right rear side.

Police are canvassing the area hoping to find surveillance video of the suspect.

"Special Victims is out there now. There's a lot of corner stores in that area so we're looking at that right now," said Lt. Ray Evers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Gage at 215-685-3263, 215-685-3252 or 215-685-3253.

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