Woman saved from flasher by observant neighbor

Neighbor told jogger she was being stalked by pant-less man driving single cab Nissan truck

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Some cities act as magnets for certain people.

New Orleans draws some of the finest musicians in the world, while Los Angeles definitely has their fair share of actors.

Norco is quickly becoming known for their flashers.

A little more than a month after two women went for an early morning jog only to come face-to-waist with a man wearing only an undershirt, a woman driving down Goodhope Street encountered a man lying on his back, holding himself on the side of the street. The man was not wearing pants.

And it doesn't stop there.

On March 31, a woman was jogging at 5:30 a.m. near Clayton Street when she was stalked by a man without pants. The woman did not see the man, but was told by a neighbor that the flasher had parked his truck near her walking route, then hid behind another truck to remove his pants. The neighbor then said the man jumped over a fence and began following the woman before something made him rush off.
The man, who was described as a white male with a dark colored baseball cap and a dark t-shirt, then sped back to his dark-colored single cab pick up truck that witnesses say was a Nissan. The flasher hopped in and drove off towards Apple Street.

"I was just finishing my mile when my neighbor said that I was being followed," the jogger, who wished to remain anonymous, said. "After she told me that, I panicked and ran home. I have been jogging on this route for four years and nothing like this has ever happened near my home.

"I'm not walking in the morning anymore."

The men in all three of these instances fled the scene after they were noticed. The pant-less man that was seen a month ago was said to be a tall white male with a body builder physique. The women estimated him to be between 6 feet and 6 feet 6 inches tall.

There was no description given for the man in the second incident, while the man in the most recent case was wearing a ball cap, dark shirt and jeans.

Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange, of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, admits that its puzzling that all of these exposure incidents have occurred in Norco.

"This is not something that typically occurs in our parish and we realize that we are dealing with strange events here," LaGrange said. "Sheriff (Greg) Champagne has given a directive to make sure that we catch whoever is responsible for this."

There have been numerous flashings reported in Norco over the last two years. A New Sarpy man was arrested in 2006 after a string of exposure cases, but two separate incidents occurred in October and November.

Nothing was reported in 2007 until these two recent events.
Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes said that it's been hard to capture the flasher because he strikes in the early morning hours when it’s still relatively dark. Also, the victims have not been able to get good descriptions of the flasher because he has been too far away.

"We have increased our patrols in the area," LaGrange said. "We urge anyone that sees something suspicious to contact us immediately."

Usually, flashing is done as a momentary "thrill" to inflate the ego of the flasher.

In the fifty states of the United States, indecent exposure is defined by state law as exposure of the genitals and/or the female breast in a public place  It is a criminal offense in all fifty states and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.

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