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Tempe warns of spike in indecent exposure, touching incidents

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Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5:14 pm | Updated: 9:40 pm, Sat Apr 30, 2011.

Tempe police are urging residents to be alert as the city has experienced a spike of sexually charged indecent exposure incidents that have escalated in the last six weeks at apartment complexes — including an incident where a man pulled off a woman’s swimming suit top and inappropriately touched her before running away on Wednesday.

The incidents, which are happening at apartment complexes near Arizona State University have been centered around these complexes: The Quadrangles at 1225 E. University Drive, Allegre Community Townhouse and Condominiums at 1886 E. Don Carlos Drive, Hayden Square at 154 W. Fifth St., University Towers at 525 S. Forest Ave., Cameron Creek Apartments at 1975 E. University Drive, Sonoran Ridge Apartments at 1205 E. Apache Blvd. and 330 S. Farmer Ave.

The flasher, who fits the description in four of the incidents that usually happen in late morning to early afternoon, is described as a clean-shaven white male between 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall with a medium build, brown hair and often wearing sunglasses. He may cover his face with an item of clothing before he executes his routine: Approaching a victim and calling out to them to get their attention before exposing himself, masturbating and running away, police said.

Because of these types of incidents, police are encouraging people to be aware of their surroundings and avoid isolated areas and gather in groups.

Anyone with any information is urged to call police at (480) 350-8311, 911 in case of an emergency or Silent Witness at (480) 948-6377.

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