Police Search for Man Who Reportedly Approached Young Girls

Second incident may be connected to previous report of exposure

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014  |  Updated 4:26 PM CDT
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Young Girls Report Flasher in Roanoke

Roanoke Police Dept.

Roanoke police released surveillance video of a black Nissan Xterra that may be driven by a man who has approached young girls in Roanoke and Trophy Club this month.

Police in Roanoke and Trophy Club are searching for a man who they say approaches young girls and, in at least one incident, exposed himself.

Police said the first reported incident took place on Jan. 15 on the corner of Morgan Lane and Highlands Drive. In that incident, a man approached two teenage girls and asked for directions to the golf course. The girls, who were walking home, began to give directions when one of them noticed his zipper was down and he appeared to be playing with something between his legs, according to police.

The man was described as a white male, between 30- and 40-years-old, with light-brown hair that is graying in front and on the sides. The girls reported he was driving a dirty, late-model, dark-green sport utility vehicle with rust spots.

Police said the second incident happened on the afternoon of Jan. 21 near Al Slaughter Parkway and Bentley Drive. As two girls walked home from Roanoke Elementary, a middle-aged male driving a dark-colored SUV asked where the golf course was. The girls didn't answer, they went home and reported the incident to their parents.

Roanoke police said, through surveillance video, they were able to determine the vehicle the man is driving is a black Nissan Xterra.

Since there are similarities in both incidents, The Roanoke Police Department is working with the Trophy Club Police Department on the case.

Roanoke police have increased patrols at Roanoke Elementary and Cox Elementary schools as well as the nearby neighborhoods. Police have not released the ages of the girls targeted, but did say they were in their teens or younger.

Police are asking parents to talk to their children about how to handle situations with strangers and parents are urged to report these types of incidents to police.

Anyone who sees the Nissan Xterra, or the man described, is urged to call police immediately.

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