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Police in North and Southwest Philadelphia are looking for a sexual predator who is exposing himself to children on their way to school. NBC10's Denise Nakano reports.
Police are on the hunt for a man who they say has exposed himself to several children in the city over the past few days.
Police say the first incident took place on February 20 around 7:30 a.m. A 12-year-old girl told police she was walking on the 5700 block of Chester Avenue when she heard a man yelling. When she turned towards him, she says the man exposed himself.
On February 21, around 7:30 a.m., police say a 13-year-old girl was riding the Rt. 13 Trolley on the 1300 block of S. 54th Street. As she was on the trolley, police say the suspect began making sexually explicit comments towards her and then exposed himself.
Investigators have not yet revealed whether it was the victims or the suspect who fled the scene during the first two incidents.
Finally, on Monday, around 8:20 a.m., police say an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were walking to school along the 1000 block of W. Venango Street when they were approached by the suspect. The man allegedly told the children, “come here” and then reached out to grab them. Police say the children ran to their school and reported the incident.
“I find that very disgusting,” said Robert Cooper of Southwest Philadelphia. “Every morning around 7 to 8 o’clock we see groups of kids going to school with their parents. To catch a kid off guard is very surprising.”
The suspect is described as a man between the ages of 18 to his early 20’s standing 5-foot-6. During the incident on S. 54th Street, police say he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans. During the incident on W. Venango Street, police say he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, faded and ripped blue jeans and blue and black “Lebron” sneakers.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call Philadelphia Police.