Man Exposes Himself to Child in Parking Lot

Police searching for flasher, good Samaritan who stopped him

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:17 AM CDT
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He followed the child, and then exposed himself, between two parked cars.

Ellen Goldberg NBC 5 News

He followed the child, and then exposed himself, between two parked cars.

Garland police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a child in a Walmart parking lot and the good Samaritan who put a stop to it.

Police said the 6-year-old girl got separated from her mother on Feb. 13 inside the Walmart along the 5300-block of North Garland Avenue.  She returned to the parking lot hoping to find her mom at their car, instead, police said, the man found her.

He followed the child and then exposed himself between two parked cars, investigators said.

According to police, a woman loading groceries in her car realized something wasn't right and intervened.

"Luckily this good Samaritan saw her, gets her, and takes her back to the store," said Garland police officer Joe Harn. "This story might not have ended as well if she hadn't."

The woman whisked the child back into Walmart where she was reunited with her mother. But, by the time police arrived, both the good Samaritan and the flasher were gone.

"If someone is willing to do something like that in public, in between some cars, in the way she described it, certainly he could be more dangerous," said Harn.

Police are asking anyone who can identify the good Samaritan or the suspect, who may have been trying to sell something in the parking lot that day, to call 972-205-2082. 

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