While longboarding down the Murdock Canyon Trail on Monday, a young girl says…
“…an elderly man stepped out and exposed himself,” said Cedar Hills Mayor Gary Gygi.
It happened on the trail, not far from Deerfield Elementary in Cedar Hills. It was a startling and scary experience for the girl, who despite the overwhelming fear, did what the city mayor says was the right thing.
“She ran away from the situation. She went and found adults as quickly as she could,” said Gygi.
Similar incidents happened in Lehi back in June. Police reported a man doing a lewd drive-by. Numerous reports say he would drive around the area pretending to sell candy or lemonade before exposing himself to kids. Lehi Police say this kind of crime spikes in warmer weather.
“When the kids are out it's warm they're out playing they may be not monitored as well as they usually are and it just makes it easier for people who are going to prey on this type of thing and make contact with these kids,” said Lehi Police Sgt. Damon Faught.
But in Cedar Hills, the mayor says Monday’s incident is the only recent report there. And now they want you to find this man with a notably vague description: a shorter, bald white male last seen wearing dark-colored shorts and no shirt.
“…that doesn't mean he hasn't done it before, that just means it's the first reported incident,” said Gygi.
A former FBI Profiler offers these tips for kids and parents to use to handle these unfortunate incidents:
1) Use the buddy system so kids aren’t alone and vulnerable
2) Use a special code word to let parents know something uncomfortable happened
3) Practice a special scream, something distinct and off putting that will let other adults know something is wrong
If you have any information on the Cedar Hill or Lehi flashers, contact police.