October 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM
2 more indecent exposures reported near West Seattle schools
Another two indecent-exposure incidents near schools in West Seattle were reported Tuesday, the latest in a string of such incidents in the past two months, according to Seattle police.
A man pulled up to a group of students in a black Saturn sedan near Westside School in the 7700 block of 34th Avenue Southwest around 1:15 p.m., got out and exposed himself before driving off southbound, a police report said.
Then, just before 3 p.m., a 13-year-old student was walking home from school in the 4000 block of 44th Avenue Southwest when she saw a man masturbating in his car while he watched other children, the report said.
The suspects in both cases were described as a white male in his 30s, and the report said it’s not clear whether it was the same man — or whether these incidents are related to three previous ones in the area.
The three incidents last month — two at Holy Rosary School and one at Westside — had students, parents and school staffers on high-alert.
On Sept. 9, a man in a white van called a trio of 9-year-olds over to his car, where they saw him sitting naked in the front seat before they ran away. Less than two weeks after that, a man exposed himself to a group of 14-year-olds and drove off when they went to tell a teacher. Then, the following day, a girl at Westside said she’d been playing on a playground overlooking the street where she saw a man sitting in a car wearing a red T-shirt and no pants.
An investigation into the indecent exposures is ongoing; police are asking anyone with information in these cases to report it and to call 911 if they observe suspicious or criminal activity.
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