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Two Creepy Flasher Reports from Washington State

Map of Washington State with Seattle and Longview locators.

Map of Washington State with Seattle and Longview locators. Click map to enlarge view.

A Seattle, Washington, man who seems to be a repeat public masturbation offender was arrested, again, on November 14, 2012, after police, responding to reports of a man walking around a neighborhood yelling and grabbing people, found the suspect, pants down, on a staircase, in an alley “in the throes of self-flagellation,” according to a police department spokesperson. He wasn’t quite done though, and asked cops to wait to arrest him saying he was “almost finished.” They didn’t wait.

In Longview, Washington, a woman, 35, who was taking a stroll around Lake Sacajawea with her son, 6, was reportedly “aggressively” approached on the evening of November 14, 2012, by a white male in his early 20s, with short, dark-blond hair, who was masturbating. He reportedly exposed himself to her and said, “Miss, miss! Could you watch this? You need to watch this.” She later told reporters that she turned her son’s face away and then pulled out a Ruger .380 that she had taken with her on a hunch. “I put the magazine in my gun. I cocked it. I said, ‘You need to leave or I’ll shoot you. I’m going to blow your brains out.’”

“Oh, [expletive]!” the suspect exclaimed and fled. No word on whether he was “almost finished” or not.

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