Serial Flasher On Bike Targeting Children In Long Beach

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) – Detectives are searching for a man who has exposed himself to children in Long Beach at least five times over the past month.

Long Beach police released a sketch Friday of the suspect wanted in at least five flashing incidents that occurred between Aug. 6 and Sept. 12. The suspect, often on a bike, approached girls, asked them for directions, and then exposed himself, police said. The incidents occurred between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

All the incidents occurred in or around parks and schools — the perimeter of Arbor Road to Atherton Street, and Bellflower Boulevard to Palo Verde Avenue.

The suspect is described as Latino, between 20 and 40 years old, and 5-foot-9 with a thin to average build. He has short black hair that is cut shorter on the sides than the top, unshaven facial hair and possibly wears glasses. His bike is dark-colored.

“I think it’s disgusting,” father Gabriel Perez told CBS2 Friday. “I take my daughter to school. I walk her into school even though she’s 12 still.”

Anyone with information on the suspect should call police at 562-570-7368, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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