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Flasher victim: 'I was just astounded'

Posted July 9, 2009
Updated July 10, 2009

— Police say they are on the lookout for a man who is exposing himself in the Williamsburg Manor-Nottingham Road area near Cary Crossroads shopping center.

A victim, who did not want to be identified, told WRAL News Thursday that she had just stepped outside her home on June 10 when she noticed someone nearby watching her.

"I kind of gasped because I didn't believe it. I took a second look and saw what he was doing,” she said.

The woman says the man had his pants down and was touching himself sexually. Even when it was clear that she saw him, the woman says the flasher did not leave.

"He was almost excited to see that I saw him,” she said.

Cary police look for man who exposed himself near pool Police look for man who exposed himself near pool

Three people also saw the flasher near the Williamsburg Manor pool on June 16, according to police reports. Police say the man was exposed with his pants pulled down.

"I was just astounded,” another victim, who also didn’t want to be identified, told WRAL News.

The second victim was among those near the pool who noticed the strange man. She says the flasher ignored threats of calling the police.

"He wasn't in a hurry. He wasn't trying to run from us or anything,” she said.

Another person also reported seeing the flasher in the area Tuesday.

Police said the man has not approached anyone during the three reported sightings, but they are urging residents to always be aware of their surroundings and walk in well-lit and well-traveled areas and, when possible, with others.

“We never know what people's intentions are,” Cary Police Capt. Scott Davis said.

Police also remind people to contact 911 if confronted and to notify authorities quickly to help increase the chances of apprehending the man. They say they have collected evidence that will allow them to perform DNA tests in an effort to identify the man.

In most cases, the man has been described as white or Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old and standing 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Additional crime prevention tips are available by calling 919-469-4324 or on the police department page of the Town of Cary's Web site.


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  • meemaw1968 Jul 10, 2009

    EEEWWWW! Evidence!

  • Professor Jul 10, 2009

    Who cares any way. The person should not have be looking. looking.

  • panthers254 Jul 10, 2009

    cary does get its share. where i work part time, we are constantly having the police over to arrest some guy who is sitting in his car in the parking lot spankin.... it's always some old ugly white dude in his fourties or fifties.
    an accountant out of work i guess. our place of business has alot of attractive college girls and professional ladies as clientele, so i guess thats what attracts em.

  • awomnsptofview Jul 10, 2009

    bet it was the guy in the modular home...we know what kind of folks live in them thar houses....ROFLLLLLLLLL

  • busyb97 Jul 10, 2009

    "The best thing to do if you are a victim of a flasher is to laugh your head off and point. Just get them so embarrassed that the flasher will just run away :-)"

    Problem is- it could go either way...either he really is embarrassed and runs away like has happened to some, or he gets really mad (as one post mentioned above) and decides to become physically violent and escalates to full assault or worse. Not sure it would be worth it to me. Get a photo of the guy (if possible) and just keep moving.

  • sunneyone Jul 10, 2009

    "It was almost like he got excited." Nope, he DID get excited. You gave him exactly what he wanted.

    This happened to me one night when I was in college. My friend and I were downtown at a bar in Raleigh. We were shooting pool near some windows and this dude was laying on a loading dock next door, watching us through the window, bold as brass with his junk out. We moved tables and he moved down so he could still see us. We called the city police and they came out and took him away, but he was back out there by the end of the night. Sick. They didn't hold him because my friend didn't want to press charges.

  • streetfightinman Jul 10, 2009

    Maybe he was stripping his carrot.

  • ForestForestGump Jul 10, 2009

    Angora2, I too, experienced that same thing several years ago. I literally laughed in the guy's face and just shook my head - and he got very angry, verbal even! Needless to say, when he was chauffered away by the LEO, he was shouting pretty ugly things out the window.

  • angora2 Jul 10, 2009

    "laugh your head off and point. Just get them so embarrassed that the flasher will just run away"

    A friend and I were at Crabtree many years ago and saw a flasher. We laughed, pointed, and he did run away! In fact we followed him in my friend's car, shouting insults about his small ... you know ... as he ran down the sidewalk and ducked into a store.

  • Dirty_Water Jul 10, 2009

    Shocked and astounded, but they probably never saw his face. Well, what might they have been looking at? Oh.