In Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday, a 10-year-old girl decided to take a her dog for a walk around the neighborhood. While moving slowly alone down the street, a man in a white Volvo sedan pulled up alongside her and asked her she would like to fondle his genitals. Noticing that the organ in question was already out of the man’s pants, the girl smartly fled the scene to find her parents. She was the second of at least four victims who have been subjected to the exposure of a serial flasher terrorizing Palo Alto, reported CBS San Francisco.
Palo Alto’s serial flasher began performing the illegal acts Monday, October 7, when a 14-year-old girl near an all-girls middle and high school was approached by a man in a navy blue pickup truck. From his truck, the flasher masturbated while locking eye contact with the young woman — saying nothing before finally driving away.
Despite differing descriptions of the cars, police seem sure that the flasher was the same man. Both of the young women who were confronted by the Palo Alto serial flasher gave almost exactly the same details to create a police sketch of the man who had exposed himself to them — a white man in his late-20s to mid-30s with short brown hair and a medium build, according to police. His attire changed between a black V-neck and aviators and a black-and-white checkered shirt.
The most recent incident, however, involved a third vehicle — this time a BMW. Also different from the first two incidents was that the man approached two women walking together this time, both of whom were in their 20s. One of the women, on a bicycle, rolled up next to the man to look over and see him masturbating, just like in the the two prior cases.
In response to the incidents, Palo Alto police are paying special attention to the area, with increased surveillance by schools where young women may be walking home alone. Information that could lead to the capture of the Palo Alto serial flasher should be directed to (650) 329-2413. Police, however, urge any residents who witness explicit activity, especially directed toward minors firsthand, to contact the authorities immediately to ensure the apprehension of the Palo Alto’s naked terrorist.
Obsession with exhibitionism is defined as a psychological aberration in the line of paraphilia, a sickness defined as “sexual gratification, above and beyond the sexual act itself, that is achieved by risky public sexual activity and/or bodily exposure.” Addiction to the act has actually been quite common throughout history, and serial flashers are still prominent in the United States today. One Florida man was arrested last year for the 16th time since 1987 for serial flashing.
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