The Grandview Heights police department is asking for the public's help in its quest to catch the man or men who have committed 12 acts of public indecency over the last four months.
"We've had various descriptions given by the victims," said Janna Cohill, public information officer for the police department. "It may be the same person committing these acts -- people can give conflicting descriptions -- or there may be more than one person who is involved."
Some of the incidents may have been committed by copycats who have heard about previous reports, she said.
The latest incident occurred Oct. 2. About 10:46 p.m. that day, a woman reported a man appeared from between two houses near the intersection of Grandview and First avenues, exposed himself and ran toward her while masturbating. The man was described as white, wearing blue jeans, with a black shirt covering his face. Police searched the area but were unable to find him.
The first report of a man exposing himself was made June 20. The incident occurred at Cambridge Boulevard and West Third Avenue.
Three incidents occurred in July: July 7 at Northwest Boulevard and Hilo Lane; July 17 in the 1200 block of Goodale Boulevard; and July 24 on Lincoln Road at West Third.
Police received five reports in less than two hours Aug. 7. Those incidents occurred on Palmer Road near Mulford Road; at McKinley Field; on First Avenue between Virginia and Palmer; in the 1400 block of Glenn Avenue; and in the 1600 block of West First Avenue.
Other incidents occurred Aug. 23 in the 1600 block of West Third Avenue; and Sept. 26 at Arlington and Fifth avenues.
Almost all the incidents occurred between 9:10 and 11:35 p.m. The July 7 incident took place about 2:16 a.m.
If a person were arrested for any of the incidents, he would be charged with public indecency, an M-4 misdemeanor, Cohill said.
Each incident could result in a separate charge if police can link a suspect to a specific incident, she said.
Police have asked anyone who sees a suspicious person in the area to immediately call the department at 614-488-7901 and not to approach or make contact with the individual, Cohill said.
"Most of these incidents have happened to women and most seem to be happening during the 10 o'clock hour," she said. "You should always have your cellphone with you and, if possible, walk with another person, especially at night."