Columbia PD Still Seeks Indecent Exposure Suspect
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while you're exercising.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott earlier this week released a composite sketch that may look similar to a man accused of indecent exposure last weekend.
The sketch was created by a forensic artist from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
The indecent exposure incident occurred in the 100 block of South Walker Street in Shandon on the morning of July 7.
Two females reported they were jogging when one noticed that a man was naked from the waist down and fondling himself.
One witness told the Columbia Police Department that the man also had a light-colored, short-sleeved T-shirt pulled over his face at one point during the incident. The females believe they saw the man get into an older white model SUV.
The victim describes this suspect as being a thin, white male, possibly between the ages of 20 to 30 years old, with a medium build and a dark, ‘Beatles-style” haircut with bangs reaching his eyebrows.
CPD investigators are trying to determine if this incident is connected to previous incidents involving a man performing a lewd act on himself in the same area.
No one was physically harmed during these incidents.
Here are a few safety tips from CPD to keep in mind when exercising outdoors:
1. Be vigilant when you are exercising outdoors
2. If possible run, jog or walk with a partner
3. Try to run, jog or walk in well-lighted areas
4. Know your surroundings
5. Report suspicious people in your neighborhood to law enforcement
6. Make sure you have your cell phone handy with 9-1-1 on a speed dial in case of an emergency
7. Use caution when approaching strangers
8. Use caution when speaking with strangers who may approach you
9. Do NOT try to confront a stranger, especially during a suspected criminal act.
Scott encourages citizens who may recognize the individual in the composite sketch to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:
CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC,” followed by the tip information.
LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red "Submit a tip” tab.
Tipsters could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading an arrest of the subject.