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Cary Flasher Believed to Have Assaulted 2 Girls

Posted July 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— There's another warning about the safety of area children. Cary police are looking for a man they say assaulted two girls Tuesday in that city's Wimbledon neighborhood.

It is a quiet area where people say they feel comfortable and secure, but three children here weren't safe at about 7:30 Tuesday night. That's when police say a man driving a white van came to an intersection in the Wimbledon subdivision, got out, started talking to the children, exposed himself, then fondled an 8-year-old girl.

Cary Police Lt. Steve Lee says the fact that the suspect is so brazen is what has them worried.

Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect and they say they believe the same man may have assaulted another child earlier in the day. They say he is extremely bold -- stopping children virtually in front of their houses and fondling them out in the open, in broad daylight.

At about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a man fitting the same description approached two 11-year-old girls, this time near the corner of Laura Duncan and Smokemont. In this earlier incident, one of the girls was inappropriately touched.

Area resident Susan Dalessio says she fears for her own daughters.

When something like this happens, everyone in the vicinity is affected. Resident Patty Fiorentino says it makes everyone worry.

The suspect has long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail. He's said to be about 6 feet tall, and weighs about 170 pounds. Anyone with any information about the suspect is asked to call Cary Police at 460-INFO(460-4636).

If you actually see this man, police say call 9-1-1 immediately.