Police investigators are analyzing reports of a rash of public exposure incidents which have occurred in seven locations across Bel Air in the last week, incidents which may be related to a spate of similar reports two months ago.
In each of the most recent calls to police, witnesses said they spotted an individual masturbating or exposing himself in public, or both.
It is not clear whether the same individual was involved in each incident, Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell said. However, some of the reports contained enough similarities that investigators from the Bel Air Police Department, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and Maryland State Police met Thursday to analyze them for patterns and trends.
Among the reports with similarities, which Worrell said numbered “less than six,” the suspect was described as a white male between 20 and 40 years old who exposed himself to adult women, but did not approach anyone. Witness descriptions of the man’s height and weight, and the times of day of the incidents have not been consistent, Worrell said.
Below are the dates of the reported incidents and the locations in the Bel Air area:
April 13: Near Hunters Run – a man was reported exposed and masturbating
April 14: Near Laurel Bush Road and Hunters Run Terrace – a man was reported masturbating
April 15: Near Bonnet Place – a man was reported masturbating
April 17: Near Lee Way and Pennsylvania Avenue – a man was reported masturbating
April 17: Near Point to Point Road and Laurel Bush Road – a man was reported masturbating
April 17: Near Red Pump Road and Vale Road – a man was reported exposed
April 18: Near Patterson Mill Middle/High School, not on school property – a man was reported masturbating
Worrell said that the recent sightings are possibly related to a spate of similar incidents reported in Bel Air from mid-February to mid-March.
Schools in the area are reinforcing safety messages with students, according to Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools. Parents at Patterson Mill Middle/High School were also informed of the general safety reminders given to students in school yesterday, via an Alert Now message from Principal Wayne Thibeault.
In the event of future sightings, Worrell asked members of the public to follow the guidelines below:
–Do not approach or chase the individual.
–Call 911 immediately
–Obtain the best description possible of the suspect, including race, gender, age, height, weight/build and clothing.
–If the person flees before deputies arrive, indicate the direction that they were headed.