University of Washington police are warning students about a second incident of public masturbation on campus in the past two weeks.
A female student told police she was in an elevator in Schmitz Hall around 1 p.m. yesterday when a man walked in and said “hello.” When she acknowledged him she noticed that he was masturbating, police said.
The student confronted the man, police said. When the man fled, she chased him out of the building and down a street, police said.
The woman lost sight of the man as he was running north on University Way. The woman flagged down UW police, according to a police bulletin.
As officers searched the area, a blue sedan drove by and the woman told police the culprit was in the car, according to UW police. Police chased the vehicle, but lost sight of it as the driver fled north through an alley in the direction of Northeast 45th Street, police said.
In the first incident, a woman was sitting in a booth at the food court in the Husky Union Building around 4:20 p.m. on June 13 when she saw a man masturbating while standing near her table, according to UW police. The man looked at the woman, said, “I’m sorry,” pulled up his pants and quickly walked away, police said.
Police said they searched for the suspect but did not find him.