"Red Car Flasher" Sought in San Fernando Valley

Police on Monday began distributing a new sketch of the man, who has been exposing himself to teenaged girls in Panorama City and Arleta since 2011

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    The man, who has been exposing himself to teenaged girls in Arleta and Panorama City since 2011, jumps out of a red car, sometimes completely naked. Antonio Castelan had this report on "Today in LA" Jan. 7, 2013. (Published Monday, Jan 7, 2013)

    Police in the San Fernando Valley on Monday said they were seeking the public’s help in finding a man who has been exposing himself to middle and high school girls in Arleta and Panorama City – sometimes jumping out of a car completely naked.

    The man, who hops out of a red compact car parked near a school, has been operating since at least August of 2011.

    In two recent incidents, the girls were able to provide enough information for police to put together a new composite sketch of the man, who in some of the incidents may have been trying to grab the girls.

    “Two victims in separate incidents have given us descriptions that have resulted in two nearly identical sketches,” Det. Luz Montero, an investigator at the LAPD’s Mission Area Police station, said in a press release.

    In a recent incident occurred as an 18-year-old walked on the sidewalk near Woodman Avenue and Lassen Street, the LAPD said in the release.

    “A fair-skinned man unexpectedly jumped out from the open car door, completely naked, and extended his arms toward the girl as if to hug or grab her,” the release said. The 18-year-old “ran away, and the suspect drove away in the red car.”

    The girls and young women have said that the man has a light complexion and short, receding hair flecked with gray. His age was not clear – witnesses have said he could be anywhere from 25 to 40.

    The red car may be an older Honda, Toyota or Nissan, the release said.

    No one has been harmed in the incidents, police said. All of the victims so far have been Latinas in their teens.

    Montero said police believe the man lives in the area, and that his first name may be Paul.

    People with information on the incidents can call LAPD Mission Detectives at 818-838-9975, or 1-800-222-TIPS.
     

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