Three more flashing incidents reported at parks
Police working to determine if same man is responsible, if reports are valid
Grandview Heights police are investigating three new reports of a man committing lewd acts.
All three reports were made between 9:10 and 11 p.m. Aug. 7. The alleged incidents took place near Buck Park, Wyman Woods and the McKinley tennis courts at the corner of Urlin Avenue and Goodale Boulevard.
The reports follow several other incidents over the past two months in which a man exposed himself to women.
The descriptions of the suspect's actions in the Aug. 7 incidents varied, as did the descriptions of the man himself, said Grandview police officer Ryan Starns.
"We are trying to determine if the new reports are accurate or if people were seeing some other activity they mistook" for lewd acts, he said.
The officers who responded to each call Aug. 7 did not find any unusual circumstances or suspicious people in the area, according to police reports.
The descriptions of the suspect witnesses gave in the Aug. 7 reports differ from those in the previous incidents, Starns said.
It could be a different person performing the latest offenses, or it could be that people are on edge about potentially suspicious activity following the previous incidents, causing them to overreact to or misconstrue innocent behavior, he said.
Previous reports include incidents June 2 on Northwest Boulevard between Burrell and Williams avenues; June 20 on West Third Avenue at Cambridge Boulevard; July 7 in the area of Northwest Boulevard and Hilo Lane; July 17 at Buck Park; and July 24 at Lincoln Road at Third Avenue.
Each of those incidents occurred at night and involved a man exposing himself either to a woman walking by herself or two women who had stopped to chat with each other, Starns said.
"We certainly don't want things like this happening in our community, and it can be very upsetting to people when it happens to them," he said.
Women should avoid walking alone at night and keep a cellphone handy at all times, Starns said.
"And, always, if you see something suspicious, give us a call immediately," he said.