Weatherford Democrat

February 27, 2012

Police search for man exposing self

Margarita Venegas

WEATHERFORD — Friday afternoon, it happened again — a man in a maroon Toyota pick-up truck exposed himself to underaged children.

The Weatherford Police Department is seeking the public’s help in finding the man who exposed himself not only Friday, southwest of Weatherford near the Westover Village development, but at least twice on Thursday.

Police received two calls on Thursday about different incidents involving a white man described as in his 20s with a “buzz” or “burr” type haircut and wearing glasses.

“We’re doing all that we can to find him,” said Cpl. Wendy Field.

The incidents on Thursday happened near the Ninth Grade Center in Weatherford and patrols were stepped up in that area. However, Friday’s incident occurred out past the high school.

On Thursday, Weatherford Police responded to the 200 block of West Russell Street in regards to a complaint of indecent exposure. Officers met with a 15-year-old who said she and a friend had been walking on West Russell near South Waco, when they passed by a truck with a man inside. He spoke to them and they observed him expose his genitalia, according to the police report. The 15-year-old girl said the incident occurred between 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. while they walked home from school, according to the report.

Officers searched the area and were not able to locate the vehicle.

Again on Thursday, two 14-year-old girls reported that between 3:55 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., a man drove up behind them at the 800 block of South Brazos Street and exposed himself. The description of the vehicle and the suspect was identical to the incident that had been reported by the 15-year-old.

The vehicle is described as a very clean maroon two-door Toyota pick-up with stickers on the driver’s side rear window — possibly family type “stick-figure” stickers. The 15-year-old gave a clothing description of a sleeveless white T-shirt and basketball shorts.

The department is asking the community to report any suspicious activity.

Call the department at 817-598-4300 or Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555 or 1-800-942-STOP. Up to a $1,000 reward will be paid for this information and callers may remain anonymous.

Weatherford ISD Superintendent Jeffrey Hanks said he was very disturbed after hearing about the incidents.

“Our students are our No. 1 priority — always,” Hanks said. “It doesn’t matter if they are in the classrooms, walking to or from school, or playing at the city park. We will happily assist the police in their efforts to apprehend this individual.”

The district notified and sent safety tips to parents using the SchoolMessenger notification system.