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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingA flasher has been targeting joggers in the Farmington area. The latest incident happened this morning.
Three women were jogging along 200 East in Farmington on a main road that connects Farmington with Centerville. The women were minding their own business when a man who was also jogging approached them and exposed himself.
Afterwards, the man ran off, but the women tried to keep him there. They tried to talk to him, but he didn't respond. The women even stopped a driver passing by and that driver tried to catch the flasher. But the suspect jumped into a car and got away.
This is the fourth flasher incident there in the last few months. The other incidents happened within 10 blocks, at two different spots on Glover's Lane. Police believe it's the same man. They say the suspect tends to target female joggers who run in groups in the early morning hours.
Officers advise joggers to carry a cell phone, and if you do happen to see the man, don't confront him or try to corner him.
Lt. Shane Whitaker, Farmington Police Dept.: “The individual is not making any threats to the women, he’s not approaching them as far as touching them, or saying anything to them. But we don’t want it to escalate, so we do want to catch this individual.”
Police say the man is 25-30 years old, around 5 foot 9, has dark hair and a slender build. He was driving a gray or silver car, possibly two-door, and it may have had a hood protector on the front. The women were able to get the numbers 568 off the license plate.
Police are now running those numbers, but they say it could bring up a lot of cars. Still, they say this is the best lead they've had yet.