Police release sketch of man who flashed 13-year-olds walking home from school

Detectives are still looking for a man who flashed his genitals to two 13-year-old girls after asking them for directions in Lakewood Village on Oct. 30. On Wednesday, they released a sketch of him and asked anyone who recognizes him to contact police.

Police said the man is white, between 5-foot-8 to 6-feet, weighing approximately 170 to 200 pounds. He is 19 to 25 years old with dark brown hair and a “buzz” haircut, authorities said.

According to one victim’s mom, the two girls were walking home from school together when the suspect pulled up to them on Charlemagne Avenue near Pan American Park around 4 p.m.

He asked them how to get to the freeway. Then he drove by again and asked how to get to Cerritos College. He drove by a third time, stopped, rolled down the passenger-side window and said something explicit to the girls while his genitals were exposed, according to the mother.

He left when another car started to pull up behind him, the mother said.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as an older model two-door white sedan with black rims.

A similar situation unfolded two days later in North Long Beach, where another 13-year-old girl reported a man called her over to his car and exposed himself to her near 68th Street and Orange Avenue.

Police said they don’t know if these two incidents are related, but they’re still looking for the perpetrator in both cases.

The sketch release also comes one day after a man was arrested for masturbating while asking for directions three separate times near Rose Park.

Anyone who may recognize the individual depicted in this composite sketch is urged to contact Long Beach police’s sex crimes detail at 562-570-7368.

Anonymous tips may be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.