A man believed to have exposed himself to two young girls in separate occurrences Oct. 4 is still on the loose.
“At this point, we’ve had the public give us some tips and we’re following a few leads, but we don’t have a suspect yet,” said Detective Tim Lohman of the Thousand Oaks Police Department. “It’s an active investigation.”
Driving a large, newer model white SUV, the man first approached a girl around 6:45 p.m. last Wednesday in the 700 block of Wendy Drive in Newbury Park, Lohman said.
Shawn Julian, the girl’s grandfather, told The Acorn she is just 10 years old and had recently closed up a lemonade stand she had put up with a friend when she remembered she’d left something behind.
As she went back alone to the sidewalk to retrieve the item, the man drove up, rolled down his window and offered her $5 to touch his genitals, Julian said.
“She said she could see him touching himself,” he said. “She backed up immediately, ran for our (apartment) stairs and started screaming.”
Julian said he rushed down to his vehicle and spent the evening driving around Newbury Park looking for the SUV, but was not able to locate it.
A second incident occurred about 7:50 p.m. in the 2700 block of Los Feliz Drive in Thousand Oaks, police said.
Investigators do not believe the man who exposed himself Oct. 4 is the same man who tried to kidnap a teenage girl in Westlake earlier last week, Lohman said.
On Oct. 2, a Westlake High School student out for a run after school was accosted near the corner of Triunfo Canyon and Townsgate roads by a man in a white Range Rover. According to the victim’s statement, she refused a request to get into the SUV and attempted to leave but the man got out and tried to force her in. She was able to fight back and escape.
In the Oct. 4 indecent exposure cases, the man did not try to get the girls into his car, Lohman said.
According to a police description, the Oct. 4 perpetrator was a light-skinned man between 22 and 30 years old who stands 5-foot-8, has a slender build, short black hair, brown eyes and a tattoo on his upper-right arm.
The man responsible for the Oct. 2 attempted abduction was described as a white male between the ages of 30 and 40 with a bushy beard and bald head and standing about 6 feet tall.
Julian, a manager at Brent’s Deli in Westlake, called on the community to join forces to catch the culprit.
“It’s a neighborhood thing. We have to take some accountability and some responsibility for things that are happening. We have to look out for each other. All of us need to be keeping our eyes out,” Julian said. “We’ve got to catch this guy.
“Are we at the point where we can’t even let our kids have lemonade stands?” he said.