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Flasher causes nuisance

Justin Tardiff | Monday, December 6, 2004

A young male riding a bicycle exposed himself to a female student early Friday morning, the Notre Dame Security/Police Department reported in a Crime Alert e-mail.

As the student walked back to her residence hall, she first observed the male ride past her with his lower back exposed. She then noticed that he appeared to be following her, and she turned to walk between Farley Hall and North Dining Hall. At this point, the suspect rode up to her, exposed his genital area and made a lewd comment.

The victim immediately ran to catch up with a friend who was also walking back to her residence hall. The suspect did not follow her and she did not notice which direction he rode after this contact.

The suspect is described as a white male of medium build in his late 20s to early 30s with a goatee. He was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and yellow track pants with two black stripes running down his legs.

While no similar cases have been reported since the alert was issued, all residence hall security staff and regular patrol officers have been informed of the incident, said Chuck Hurley, assistant director of NDSP.

In addition, an NDSP detective has been assigned to the case – he will make contact with the victim and the South Bend and Mishawaka Police Departments in an attempt to nab the suspect.

NDSP investigated five separate cases of indecent exposure last spring that occurred between March 18 and April 18. The cases went unsolved.

“There are some similarities [between those cases and this most recent one],” said Hurley. “Most notably, they all took place in the same area.”

The five cases last spring were confined to North Quad, and this case followed suit. Also, one of the suspects last spring was clad in yellow pants.

As always, NDSP reminds students not to walk across campus alone during nighttime hours. ND Safewalk is available between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., and students may request an officer to escort them home by calling 631-5555.