Brunswick flasher case: Many calls, no arrest

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BRUNSWICK — Police have received many phone calls this week after releasing a sketch of a man who allegedly exposed himself to two young girls on March 25, and attempted to lure another near his car.

“We’ve received a lot of phone calls, which is great,” Cmdr. Marc Hagan said Wednesday. “Now we have to sift through a lot of information.”

The man in question first approached an 11-year-old girl walking her dog on Spring Street near the Harriet Beecher Stowe School. According to police, the man drove slowly behind the girl, and then next to her while attempting to make conversation and asking her to come closer to his vehicle. She did not, and made it home safely.

The girl described him as having curly blonde hair and a blonde beard, possibly in his 20s or 30s, and driving a white car.

Two hours later, a man matching that description got two 10- or 11-year-old girls playing in a park off Hambleton Avenue to approach his car, where he then “exposed his genitals,” Cmdr. Mark Waltz told the Bangor Daily News. The two girls reported that the man was driving a silver car.

Contrary to some news reports, police “don’t think this was an attempted abduction,” Hagan said. “If the first girl had approached his vehicle, it probably would have been another instance of indecent exposure.”

On March 27, the Brunswick Teen Center issued a special announcement saying some youth may have had contact with the man before the events on March 25.

“On Monday or Tuesday, a couple of our male tween members reported to me that a white vehicle was ‘following them’ around town. By (Tuesday) when they spotted this vehicle again they were nervous enough to go into a store and have someone call and report it to the police,” Teen Center coordinator Jordan Cardone said.

Although the incidents may not have been related, Cardone urged people in the community to be “extra watchful” and take down license plate numbers of white and silver vehicles.

Hagan said police are hopeful something will come of the outpouring of calls, and reiterated that information can be relayed to the department at 725-5521.

Walter Wuthmann can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow Walter on Twitter: @wwuthmann.

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Brunswick police distributed this sketch of a man suspected of exposing himself to two young girls on March 25.

Brunswick/Harpswell reporter for The Forecaster. Bowdoin College grad, San Francisco Bay Area native. Follow for municipal, school, community, and environmental news from the Midcoast.