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Flasher victim: 'I was just astounded'

Posted July 9, 2009 10:27 p.m. EDT
Updated July 10, 2009 6:01 a.m. EDT

— 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.

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.