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Police Release Sketch of Flasher in Thousand Oaks

Police caution residents to be aware of anything suspicious while visiting parks or walking in greenbelt areas

Police may be one step closer to identifying a man thought to be behind a series of indecent exposures in the eastern area of Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department released a sketch Tuesday of the man suspected of exposing his private parts to children in the last week.

"We’ve had two confirmed incidents that appear to be the same suspect," Detective Timothy Lohman said.

Parents said that in addition to a warning from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, a neighborhood watch leader sent out an email blast, warning everyone who lives near Russell Park, located adjacent to Westlake Hills Elementary School.

The man in the sketch has been described as having spiky hair and being in his 20s, about 5-foot-8-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He might be driving a silver car.

Detectives said they have scoured local sexual predatory lists, as well as California’s Megan’s Law website that lists about a dozen registered sex offenders in the area.

No one has contacted the police with any leads but investigators are also looking into two other incidents that could link to the same case, but haven’t been confirmed, Lohman said.

Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at 805-654-9511 or make an anonymous tip by calling Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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