Dallas Police Link Three Instances of Man Flashing Teen Girls

The Dallas Police Department has linked three separate incidents where teenage girls were approached by a man who exposed himself.

In a news conference Friday, police said the first incident took place at about 9 a.m. on May 26 when a 17-year-old girl walking to Roosevelt High School was grabbed by a man on the 1000 block of Hutchins.

The teen was able to free herself from the man's grasp before he drove away in a dark-colored vehicle. The man, who was wearing a navy-colored hoodie and blue jeans, was described a black, between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 185 pounds.

The second attack took place at about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 when a 16-year-old girl was walking home from Kimball High School along the 3500 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard. Police said the teen walked behind the Zion Apostolic Temple Church, and past a black, four-door vehicle parked on a dirt road, before crossing the soccer field at Doris Berry Park.

The teen said she heard someone running toward her and turned to see black man wearing only a T-shirt. The teen ran from the park and notified police. The man was described as black with light skin and a short beard, between 25 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds. The man was wearing a dark gray Polo-type shirt.

The third incident took place Dec. 2 at about 6:30 p.m. when two girls, ages 14 and 17, were walking home from Roosevelt High School along the 1000 block of Hutchins. The teens were approached by a man who exited a vehicle and chased them while wearing only a shirt.

The girls described the man as black, between 25 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was driving a black, late-model, four-door sedan, possibly a Honda Accord.

Detectives reviewing video from area businesses for possible leads but police are hoping the public can help them identify the man in question.

Anyone with information on these offenses contact Detective Ortiz at 214-671-4473 or Detective De La Paz at 214-671-4205.

"I'm very concerned. I want him to be caught, to be off the streets as soon as possible," said Michael Carter, who lives on Hutchins Avenue near where two of the offenses happened.

His 15-year-old daughter is a freshman at Roosevelt High School and usually walks home from school after track practice. He said he won't let her do that anymore until this suspect is caught.

"We're going to pick her up, not let her walk as much. We'll pick her up from track practice after school," Carter said. "He's becoming more brazen, more dangerous, if you ask me, to the public."

Carter said he hopes police catch the guy before he does.

"I'll probably pound him into the ground right then and there," he said.

The Dallas Independent School District said it sent a letter home last week with students to inform parents about the incidents.

The school district provided the following statement to NBC 5:

"Dallas ISD takes the safety of its students seriously. Dallas ISD is aware of students being approached by an unidentified male, which has occurred at some campuses this school year. The safety of each student is vital and Dallas ISD Police and the Dallas Police Department are investigating the incidents.

"In working with their respective campus administration where students came forward, letters were sent home to parents. The district continues to encourage students to walk in a buddy system, or with an adult when traveling to and from school."

NBC 5's Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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