Man sought for exposing himself at Bradenton preserve

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:45 am

BRADENTON, FL. - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating four cases of a man exposing himself in Robinson Preserve.

The incidents occurred between September 7 and September 27 in the 9900 block of 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton.

• Friday, September 7th, 9:45 AM; female victim was riding bicycle when man standing near bridge turned toward her and exposed himself; W/M, age 30-35, 5'10"-6", 140-160

• Friday, September 7th, 10:39 AM, man on bicycle exposed himself to female victim; W/M, thin build, 6', age 30-35, w/ball cap

• Saturday, September 15th, 9:30 AM; female victim was running when man on bicycle exposed himself; W/M, age 40, 6', short hair

• Thursday, September 27th, 3:40 PM, man sitting on park bench exposed himself to female victim. W/M, 6', age 20-30, faded green t-shirt

"So far, it has been noted that he has not said anything to the victims. He has not tried to take a victim, touch a victim, or anything like that," says sheriff's office spokesperson Dave Bristow. "We are telling residents to still use the park. Just be aware of what's going on around you. If you see something strange, get help right away."

Based on the victim's statements, it's believed the suspect is a white male, 20-35 years old, approximately 6' with a thin to medium build. He usually wears a ball cap but is believed to be bald. The suspect has been seen on an unknown type of bicycle. The victims are females in between the ages of 18-40.

Early Thursday evening, a deputy was patrolling the park, while visitors learned of the disconcerting news.

"It's absurd crazy. Just way outside the realm of normal human behavior. I just shake my head and wonder what goes through someone's mind," said park visitor Steve Moore.

"You go to the park to hang out. You don't expect that. It's creepy. Anyone would tell you that," said visitor Elicia Sacco.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2517 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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