Mount Carmel police seek man accused of flashing three women
MOUNT CARMEL - Borough police are searching for a man who exposed himself to three females in two separate incidents Monday night.
Police Chief Todd Owens said the man ran up to two females sitting on a porch at a South Market Street home and exposed himself. A short time later, he ducked between two parked cars on South Hickory Street then jumped out at a female walking by and flashed her as well.
Owens said the incidents occurred between 10 and 10:30 p.m.
The man is described as 6 feet tall with spiked hair. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and what is believed to be jeans. He was last seen heading south on Market Street and then turned east onto Seventh Street.
Owens said Monday's incident has nothing to with a rape that reportedly occurred about 4:30 a.m. May 27 at Visintainer's Motel, Fourth and Maple streets, which has been closed for approximately three years. A 34-year-old borough woman, who was seen half-naked screaming and pounding on doors, told police she was raped in a motel room by a man who followed her after she left a local bar.
Owens said investigations continue into both incidents, but reiterated the two are not related.
"We have seen a lot of the Facebook hysteria about there being a second rape and how there is a serial rapist running around the borough now," Owens said. "We have looked at surveillance footage in both incidents and are waiting for DNA tests to be done on the physical evidence we collected for the Visintainer's incident, but there is a backlog at the state police laboratory. I want to reinforce the fact though that the two incidents are not related."
Owens also asked the public to be vigilant during this time.
"The best thing that anyone can do to just be aware of their surroundings when they are walking around, and if you see anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, call the police so we can check it out," he said.
Neither the Visintainer's assault nor the flashing incident were reported immediately, putting police "behind the 8-ball to start," according to Owens.
"It's always the best course of action to call us if something is suspicious," Owens said. "Even if there is nothing to the incident, we have the person's information, such as their name, address and phone number of speak with them at a later time if something does happen and we can find them easily."