Two new reports of flashers targeting children in West Seattle

Two new reports of flashers targeting children in West Seattle

Two new reports of flashers targeting children in West Seattle

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

SEATTLE -- It's happened again: flashers targeting children, exposing themselves to kids outside West Seattle schools.  On Tuesday, Seattle Police confirmed two new sightings, after several similar incidents in September.

The first happened at about 2 p.m. outside Westside School on 34th Avenue Southwest.  In a letter sent out to parents, school leaders said several middle school girls were playing inside the fence and under the watchful eyes of teachers, when a man drove up, and exposed himself from the other side of the fence.

He is described as a white male in his 30s with a beard and wearing a hoodie.  He was believed to be driving a black four-door Saturn with silver rims and a car seat in the back of the vehicle.

The students walked away from the fence and immediately notified teachers.

Then, at about 3:00 p.m., police say a 13-year-old girl was walking home from school on 44th Avenue Southwest and saw a man sitting in his car and touching himself inappropriately as he watched a group of kids in the area.

In that incident, the suspect is described as a heavy-set white male in his 30s, with glasses, wearing a blue t-shirt, and driving a black four-door sedan.

"I would imagine that most likely they are related, is what I would think," said parent Steve Metcalf.  "There's probably not a ton of creepy guys out there doing this."

Despite the similarities in suspect descriptions, Seattle Police can't yet say for sure whether Tuesday's incidents involved the same man.

They also can't say whether they're connected to the three flashings that took place in September - one of them also at Westside School.

It's news that is unsettling to parents in the area.

"That kind of thing is always on my radar, and I guess when it's happening you become more cautious," said Delyn Tucker.

Anyone with information about these most recent incidents or the flashings that happened last month is urged to call Seattle Police. 

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