Report: Driver masturbates in front of juveniles

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 6, 2013 

A suspected sexual predator slowed down and backed up his car in order to masturbate in front of two juvenile girls Thursday, according to a Columbus Police report.

The girls were walking in front of River Road Elementary School at about 4:25 p.m., Thursday, when a man in a red sedan drove past them. After a minute, however, the vehicle backed up and pulled up parallel to them.

At first, the juveniles thought about approaching the vehicle, assuming that the man was trying to speak with them. They then noticed that he was masturbating.

Both girls walked away and the vehicle drove off.

The girls gave conflicting statements on the suspect's description. One said he was an 20-something Arab or Hispanic man with short dark brown hair and a medium height and build. The other girl said the suspect was white, about 30 years old and had short brown hair, medium height and a medium build.

Anyone with information should call Investigative Services at 706-653-3400.

Between Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, five children were flashed by a man driving a black Honda with a white hood at various school bus stop.

A 12-year-old Rothschild Middle School student, told police on Nov. 20 that she was waiting at the bus stop at Lawyers Lane and Schaul Street at about 8:25 a.m. A 20 to 25-year-old black man driving a black compact car with a white hood slowly pulled up to her and demanded she get in the car. He reportedly began masturbating before speeding off.

The suspect allegedly exposed himself to a 15-year-old student at the Mt. Pleasant Drive and Maplewood Drive stop the day before, then sped away.

Three other teens, aged between 15 and 16, reported that a man driving a car with a matching description exposed himself near the bus stop at Valleybrook Road and Amber Drive that same day.

Those victims described the suspect as a thin black man with a dark complexion who was possibly in his 20s. He was described as having sideburns.

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