West Seattle Crime Watch: Another ‘flasher’ reported

ORIGINAL REPORT, 2:04 AM: This note came in late Monday night. Though it corresponds to a “lewd conduct” call showing in the SPD log, we won’t be able to follow up with police for further details until later this morning, so we are passing the info along as-is for now, since families in the area might want to alert their kids:

My daughter attends Denny International Middle School. (Monday) she was on her way to meet me. She was walking up Kenyon toward 35th and when she got to 30th [map] a man in a 4-door silver or grayish sedan tried to get her attention. When she looked over the man was naked from the waist down and masturbating. I arrived literally a minute later. We called 911. He wasn’t apprehended. Just wanted to share this information with my community.

Anonymous Concerned Mother

No further description in the note – but again, we will follow up with police later this morning and publish an update with anything more we find out.

9:28 AM: Here’s what else we have found out – from ACM, it happened at about 2:37 pm. From the police report – They got the call at 2:40 pm and the first unit arrived in the area at 2:55 pm, at which point the vehicle was nowhere in sight; it apparently left shortly after the girl arrived in the area, as she is reported as having heard its engine start up. The car is described in the police report as “small, medium-sized four-door car with round headlights, round door mirrors, tinted front windows, and possibly no front grille.” The passenger door was open and the man was leaning back/reclining, so his upper body was not in view, according to the report, which says he tried to get the girl’s attention by calling out, “Pssst, pssst.”

11:38 AM: We have just published a separate followup including a letter to families from the Denny/Sealth principals.

17 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Another 'flasher' reported"

  • alki resident January 7, 2014 (6:48 am)

    SOB, where is this guy when Im driving around.

  • Frank January 7, 2014 (7:02 am)

    Everyone needs to take out their cell phones and snap pictures of these creeps, or the very least the license plates.

  • alki resident January 7, 2014 (7:23 am)

    If I see him I won’t be snapping pics.

  • CanDo January 7, 2014 (8:09 am)

    Weirdos… Makes me angry. What’s the deal with these guys stalking little girls? I’ll carry my cell phone in camera ready mode.

  • DB January 7, 2014 (9:21 am)

    This is scary! My son walks this route home from the bus stop.

  • WS Parent January 7, 2014 (9:25 am)

    What time did this happen? Was it after school ~2:30?

    • WSB January 7, 2014 (9:27 am)

      2:37 pm, according to my followup exchange with Anonymous Mom just now. I will be adding a bit more info from the police report, too.

  • ScubaFrog January 7, 2014 (9:53 am)

    I wonder if it’s the same pervert. To have MULTIPLE offenders in the area will be very scary.

  • Jen January 7, 2014 (9:58 am)

    These guys won’t do it in front of adults or passing cars, it will have to be alert neighbors looking out their windows to see this behavior.
    I have said this before. I am inclined to print up some sort of notice and pass them out around the surrounding blocks of our elementary and middle schools, or even high schools too for that matter. I wonder if we could start some sort of Facebook group and get volunteers to help hand them out. If we could get 3-4 people to each sign up for a school and paper the area in the surrounding blocks, then perhaps the People who are home during the hours of beginning and ending school time would take a few moments of their day to watch out the windows for these jerks.

  • Anonymous January 7, 2014 (10:12 am)

    Wow this is ridiculous. A couple years ago I was getting off the bus with my friend on California Avenue (I think in front of Rite Aid) and this guy pulled over next to us and said “HEY!” so we looked over and he was waving his thing around… It took me a minute to realize what he was doing (which I think offended him because I honestly couldn’t see anything) and my friend was completely shocked by the whole thing. My friend was a guy btw. Never had even thought of reporting it back then, the whole thing was extremely bizarre.

  • SW January 7, 2014 (10:15 am)

    When or WHAT will it take for SPD to truly patrol this school area on a routine basis? The least of the troubles at these schools are drivers on Thistle and Kenyon speeding past the posted 20mph while kids are walking to/from these schools. And NOW our children are being forced to deal with these lewd acts/crimes(!) that are seemingly accepted by our city/society – send emails, call, speak with our local police department & Principals/Staff at the schools – lets get these sick people/acts away from our children!
    Southwest/South Precinct Crime Prevention
    Mark Solomon – (206) 386-9766
    Jeff Clark Principal – (206) 252-9000
    (206) 252-8550
    Aida Fraser-Hammer

  • anonyme January 7, 2014 (12:46 pm)

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this vehicle in Arbor Heights within the last week. I remember thinking it looked like someone pretty sketchy was likely to own it, and made a mental note to watch for it in the future. Now I wish my ‘mental notes’ had been a bit more detailed. Is there a specific individual I could contact at SPD, just in case this snippet of information proves useful?

  • G January 7, 2014 (8:07 pm)


    Most cities have zero tolerance for speeding in school zones and people act according. Here? I’m increasingly at a loss for words for this place.

  • M January 7, 2014 (9:52 pm)

    @ Anonyme – it is most efficient and completely appropriate to call 911 with your information. That’s the quickest way to ensure it gets to the right person. The 911 dispatcher will take your contact information for any necessary follow-up with you.

  • RObert January 8, 2014 (1:12 pm)


  • 2 Much Whine January 8, 2014 (6:12 pm)

    So many people are so critical of the cops and everyone else. These flashing guys are idiots but do you really think that with a cop driving down Kenyon they’ll be pulling out their junk and waiving it around for the world to see? They target their victims and apparently are able to tell the difference between a young girl walking down the street alone and a cop driving by.

    Let’s try this – all the folks that are being critical of the cops and the schools and the kids and the victims how about if YOU find the solution and YOU implement it successfully. You’ll be a hero to the entire community. Go for it! Apparently you think there is a valid solution that is as simple as driving down a street. Oh, and by the way, don’t raise any taxes or divert any attention from any other necessary services to get this done. Jeez.

    By the way, when you beef up surveillance in one area they’ll move to another. Resolve that problem while you are at it.

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