NBC10- Keith Jones
Investigators say a man with an odd cheese fetish is prowling local communities and asking women for sexual favors. NBC10's Keith Jones spoke with an alleged victim who shared video of the man.
As police continue to search for the alleged "swiss cheese pervert," one woman, who claims she was approached by the suspect, is speaking out about her experience.
"He told me he liked to put Swiss cheese on his private area," said Priscilla, who asked that her last name be kept anonymous.
The woman said she was sitting at a light along busy Henry Avenue near Philadelphia University in the East Falls section of the city in early December when the man allegedly propositioned her.
Recording part of the incident with her smartphone, you can hear her asking the man "Why do you have Swiss cheese in your car?" She also snapped a picture of the alleged suspect -- holding up the cheese, just like in other pictures captured of him.
Priscilla, who was driving in the car with her cousins, said she thought it was a joke at first, but when they reached another light at Fox Street, the man allegedly had his pants down. Upset by the sight, she quickly drove off.
"Now I'm freaked out because I know it wasn't just a joke," she told NBC10 on Monday night.
The woman is the latest victim to come forward and detail the alleged indecent exposure by the man. Investigators say the suspect has exposed himself to women, while offering them money to watch him put Swiss cheese on his privates, in several neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Neighborhoods include Port Richmond, Norristown, Mayfair and now East Falls.
The suspect is described as a heavy-set white male between the ages of 40 and 50 with a goatee. Police also say he is driving a newer model silver sedan but has also been spotted in a black colored sedan.
"Some people think this is a joke," said Milt Martelack of the Mayfair Town Watch. "But it's no laughing matter."
Martelack and the town watch are conducting their own investigation and working with police. Martelack says they've spoken to several victims.
"This is not just a Mayfair thing," Martelack said. "This gentleman has been all over the place doing this and I'd characterize his acts as very disturbing."
"What if he said that to a minor?" she asked. "I think he should be taken off the streets and I think they need to take it a little more seriously."
If you have any information on the suspect, please call the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251.
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